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State Supreme Court rules governor's vetoes not valid

KOB.com Web Staff
April 25, 2018 06:12 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s decision saying that Gov. Susana Martinez did not properly veto 10 items.

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The decision in Santa Fe this morning ends a year-long dispute over the extent of the governor's veto power.

Attorneys for the Democratic-led Legislature called for the invalidation of the vetoes because Gov. Martinez had failed to explain her reasoning behind the vetoes before the deadline.

Attorneys for the governor had disputed that account of the veto process saying it was fair. The governor had previously said the Legislature was overstepping its bounds in challenging the vetoes.

"The governor's office called the Supreme Court's ruling disappointing.Today’s ruling shows one can pick and choose when it comes to following the constitution," spokesperson Emilee Cantrell said. "There is no dispute these bills were vetoed and yet partisan legislators along with submissive judges can circumvent an entire branch of government." 

Here are the 10 pieces of legislation:

  • House Bill 126 -- Establishes preference for financial aid to medical students, as well as to healthcare professionals who graduated from a New Mexico institution; declares the financial aid necessary for public health and safety.
  • House Bill 144 -- Creates a basis for the research of industrial hemp at New Mexico universities, as well as establish a fund for hemp research, so long as the research doesn’t violate the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Senate Bill 6 -- Provides authorization to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to allow for the research of industrial hemp as proposed in HB 144.
  • Senate Bill 24 -- Amends the Infrastructure Development Zone Act to allow for local governments to develop high-speed internet infrastructure.
  • Senate Bill 64 -- Eliminates the time period when money (up to $10 million each year) in the Public School Capital Outlay Fund can be used for making fixes to education technologies. Currently, officials have until 2019 to spend the money.
  • Senate Bill 67 -- Requires that county treasurers be notified be notified when a tax increment development district is created. Currently, it is law that only the county assessor and county clerk be notified.
  • Senate Bill 134 -- Allows high school students to use computer science courses to fulfill math or science graduation requirements.
  • Senate Bill 184 -- Amends laws related to horse racing so that the position of official chemist be replaced by a horse health and testing advisor that has a doctorate in veterinary medicine; clarifies language pertaining to the handling of testing samples; provides payment for that position of health and testing advisor from the Racehorse Testing Fund.
  • Senate Bill 222 -- Raises the threshold of political subdivisions being exempt from the definition of “local public body” to $50,000 from $10,000.
  • Senate Bill 356 -- Similar to SB 67, requires that county treasurers be notified of the creation of a public improvement district. 

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