The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
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 154 - Estates and Trusts - Intestate Succession - Abandonment or Failure to Support Minor Child.

This bill precludes a surviving parent from inheriting by intestate succession from a minor child of the parent if the parent abandoned the child or willfully failed to contribute to the support of the child. The bill applies only to an estate of a minor child who dies on or after October 1, 2001.

Senate Bill 173, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 154.

Parris N. Glendening