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 993 - Family Law - Child Support - Age of Majority.

This bill alters the definition of "minor" to provide that a person who is 18 and enrolled in secondary school is considered a minor and has the right to receive support and maintenance from both parents until the person dies, marries, is emancipated, graduates from or is no longer enrolled in secondary school, or becomes 19, whichever occurs first.

Senate Bill 657, 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 993.

Parris N. Glendening