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 463 - Public Assistance - Eligibility for Residents Convicted of a Felony Involving a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

This bill alters a definition to allow residents who have been convicted of felonies relating to controlled dangerous substances to be eligible for public assistance. Such individuals are subject to substance abuse testing for two years starting from the benefit application date. The bill also retains eligibility for custodial parents so convicted to obtain cash assistance and food stamps.

House Bill 1024, 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 463.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.