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, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 159.

This bill provides that a continuing care community does not lose its exemption from Certificate of Need requirements when it admits an individual directly to a nursing facility within the community if the admittee's spouse, relative or significant other is admitted at the same time to an independent living or assisted living unit within the community.

House Bill 360, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 27, 1999, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 159.

Parris N. Glendening