In the closing days of the 2017 legislative session, Governor Martinez went on a veto fit, killing 10 bi-partisan bills in a row without justification as required by the Constitution.
Read more of our coverage during the session:
More than 3,900 ProgressNowNM readers petitioned legislators to attempt a veto override of other vetoes, including cuts to colleges and the legislature. Instead, they returned to a special session to pass new funding bills and chose to sue the governor over her unjustified veto fit.
Today a District Court Judge said her reckless way of doing business actually made those vetoed bills – including a bill authorizing hemp research – into law.
District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled today in favor of the New Mexico Legislature who sued Governor Martinez for failing to give adequate reasoning behind vetoing 10 bills during this year’s legislative session.
What does that mean?
It means that 10 bills that Martinez vetoed without supplying an adequate reason to the legislature will become law after the judge issues her order, and assuming the governor does not appeal.
— Dan Boyd (@DanBoydNM) August 11, 2017
One of the key bills that should become law now is a bill that allows the state to begin researching Industrial Hemp and how it could be grown and marketed in the state. Additionally, there are bills that would help expand broadband internet and allow students who are taking computer science courses to apply those credits toward math and science credits. Here’s a list of all the bills that should become law today, barring appeal from the governor’s office.
This is another blow to the quickly diminishing Martinez administration which has been suffering from historically low ratings since about this time last year. Of course, those numbers are even worse if you look at the polling after she vetoed ALL of New Mexico’s higher education this year, along with many other bills like the ones reviewed in today’s court decision.
It’s unclear if the governor will attempt to appeal the decision further but either way, this is a major set back for an administration that continues to be ranked at the bottom of most major lists nationwide.