May 26, 2004

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, I have today vetoed House Bill 836 - Family Law - Property Disposition - Transfer of Family Use Personal Property.

This bill authorizes a court, in a proceeding for annulment or absolute divorce, to transfer, subject to the consent of any lienholders, ownership of an interest in family use personal property from one or both parties to either or both parties and to determine the terms of the transfer.

Senate Bill 418, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 26, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 836.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.