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 604 - Family Law - Child Support Guidelines.

This bill revises the schedule of basic child support obligations used to calculate the amount of a child support award under the child support guidelines. It clarifies that revision of the child support guidelines may not be grounds for a modification request except under specified circumstances.

Senate Bill 328, 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 604.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.