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 822 - Crimes - Factual Determinations That Enhance Penalties - Revision.

This bill alters specified provisions of law which would have established new offenses to replace factual determinations that would have enhanced penalties. Senate Bill 429, 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 822.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.