May 26, 2005

The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 264 - Workers' Compensation - Evaluation of Permanent Impairments.

This bill requires that a licensed psychologist or a qualified physician perform an evaluation of only the mental or behavioral portion of a permanent impairment in a workers' compensation case and report the results to the Workers' Compensation Commission in accordance with the regulations of the Commission. House Bill 384, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 264.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.