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 835 - Personnel and Pensions - Dependents of Maryland Transit Administration Retirees - Health Benefits.

This bill alters the eligibility requirements for specified health insurance benefits to include specified surviving spouses and dependent children of a deceased Maryland Transit Administration retiree. It provides that specified dependents who receive a lump-sum payment of benefits under the Maryland Transit Administration Retirement Plan are ineligible for specified health insurance benefits, and alters the definition of "creditable service" to include service while a member of the Maryland Transit Administration Retirement Plan.

Senate Bill 63, 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 835.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.