As expected, the Legislative Council filed a lawsuit on Friday asking the N.M. Supreme Court to invalidate Gov. Susana Martinez’s recent vetoes of funding for the Legislature, higher education and other agencies.
If successful, the petition would reinstate funding for those agencies for the fiscal year that begins July 1, which lawmakers approved in their recent session.
“The stroke of a governor’s pen must never undermine the Constitution that creates the system of government which serves New Mexico families,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces. “Today’s action is important to check the power of the executive and protect against any overreach on behalf of those we represent. The governor’s political ideology is not above the law.”
The Legislative Council, which Papen co-chairs along with House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is a bipartisan, administrative committee of lawmakers. It recently voted in secret to file the lawsuit, then announced the decision publicly, so which members supported that action isn’t known to the public.
You can read the Legislative Council’s petition to the Supreme Court here.
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