May 16, 2002

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 558 - Baltimore City - Tax Sales - Abandoned Property.

This bill clarifies that certain provisions related to the sale and redemption process of abandoned property in Baltimore City apply only to property sold with a minimum bid less than the lien amount. The bill also repeals a requirement that a final judgment in a proceeding involving abandoned property in Baltimore City is void in 30 days under certain circumstances, and provides that the purchaser in such a transaction is not an interested party for purposes of voiding the judgment.

Senate Bill 489, 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 558.

Parris N. Glendening