May 26, 2004

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 353 - State Board of Dietetic Practice - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation.

This bill continues the State Board of Dietetic Practice in accordance with the provisions of the Maryland Program Evaluation Act (Sunset Law) by extending to July 1, 2014, the termination of provisions relating to the statutory and regulatory authority of the Board; altering the composition of the Board; altering the nomination process for licensed Board member vacancies; eliminating separate licenses for dietitians and nutritionists; creating a single license for the practice of dietetics.

Senate Bill 110, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 26, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 353.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.