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 240 - Estates - Elective Share.

This bill revises elements of defining and allocating an elective share of a surviving spouse and alters the period during which an election for an elective share shall be made.

Senate Bill 312, 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 240.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.