SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on judge’s ruling in New Mexico veto challenge (all times local):
Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to appeal a court ruling that invalidates her vetoes of several bills that lawmakers sent to her desk during the last regular legislative session.
State District Judge Sarah Singleton on Friday ruled that the governor did not follow proper procedures when she nixed bills. She directed Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to include the bills in question into their respective chapters of state law once final paperwork is submitted.
That paperwork could take a few weeks, and it’s expected that the governor’s team will seek a stay to keep the bills from becoming law pending an appeal.
Martinez spokesman Joe Cueto says the governor’s office is disappointed with the decision and that it was clear during the session that she vetoed the bills.
A state district judge is siding with Democratic lawmakers who asked that certain vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during the last regular legislative session be invalidated.
Judge Sarah Singleton on Friday ruled that the governor did not follow proper procedures when she nixed 10 bills. The judge directed the Secretary of State’s Office to chapter the bills in question once final paperwork is submitted and approved by the court, a process that could take a few weeks.
The governor’s office can still appeal but offered no immediate comment on the ruling.
Lawmakers argued that issuing the vetoes without any explanation made it impossible to understand the governor’s objections so they could revise the bills for possible approval.
Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth called the ruling a victory for the state Constitution and for New Mexicans.
Two of the bills would legalize state research on industrial hemp.
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