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 578 - Criminal Law - Carjacking - Possessor of Motor Vehicle.

This bill establishes that it is not a defense to the crimes of carjacking or armed carjacking for a defendant to not intend to permanently deprive the possessor of a motor vehicle of the possession of the motor vehicle.

Senate Bill 203, 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 578.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.