May 26, 2005

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 146 - Adoption - Written Instruments - Meaning of "Child".

This bill requires an adopted individual to be considered a "child", "descendant", "heir", "issue", or any equivalent term in a written instrument executed before June 1, 1947 regardless of when the individual's adoption was finalized, unless the instrument states otherwise. The bill will be applied prospectively and may not be applied to affect vested property rights.

Senate Bill 176, 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 146.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.