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Fri Jun 9, 2017, 09:07 PM

Legislators' suit seeks to invalidate 10 vetoes

SANTA FE – Top New Mexico lawmakers filed a lawsuit Monday against Gov. Susana Martinez, arguing that 10 bills the governor vetoed during this year’s 60-day legislative session should be declared to be law because Martinez did not follow proper veto procedures.

The lawsuit, filed in District Court, could set a precedent as to whether governors have to specify their objections when vetoing legislation. After striking down some of the bills in question, Martinez simply said they were not necessary for the “health, safety and welfare” of New Mexico citizens.

She has insisted the vetoes were lawfully done.

However, other bills in question were not vetoed within a three-day deadline for acting on bills passed during a legislative session, the lawsuit filed by the Legislative Council also claims.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/1013531/nm-lawmakers-file-new-lawsuit-over-governors-vetoes.html

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