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 239 - Appeals - Removal of Personal Representative - Successor Personal Representative or Special Administrator.

This bill provides that an appeal from a final order of an orphans' court or a circuit court removing a personal representative does not stay an order appointing a successor personal representative or special administrator and that a successor personal representative shall have the powers of a special administrator during such appeals.

Senate Bill 368, 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 239.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.