May 26, 2004

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 174 - Education - Maryland School for the Blind - Notice to Parents or Guardians of Availability of Programs.

This bill requires local education agencies to notify the parents or guardians of blind or visually impaired children, including children with multiple disabilities, of the availability of the educational programs offered by the Maryland School for the Blind.

House Bill 741, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 174.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.