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 834 - Criminal Procedure - Custodial Confinement as a Condition of Probation or Suspension of Sentence.

This bill expands the authority of the courts throughout the State to impose a sentence of custodial confinement or imprisonment as a condition of probation or suspension of sentence.

Senate Bill 428, 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 834.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.