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 455 - Consumer Protection - Late Fee Requirements in Consumer Contracts.

This bill repeals a provision that, as of October 1, 2005, would have repealed specified provisions relating to the inclusion in a consumer contract of a requirement to pay specified late fees.

Senate Bill 172, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on April 27, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 455.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.