May 22, 2003

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, today I have vetoed House Bill 170 - Dorchester County - Correctional Services - Inmate Welfare Fund.

This bill provides that either the chief financial officer for Dorchester County or the managing official of the local correctional facility as designated by Dorchester County must separately hold and account for the inmate welfare fund, and must pay out money from the fund as approved in the county budget.

Senate Bill 461, 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 Bill170.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.