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COVID Relief Spending Squabble

October 22, 2021 –The Line opinion panel shares legal perspective on the Governor’s power to unilaterally allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds. The state Treasurer says the Governor must consult the Legislature, but the Governor’s Office says legal precedent is on its side. A related case is headed to the courts in just a matter of day, but how will it be decided, and what will the lasting impacts of that decision be?

Host: Gene Grant

Line Opinion Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former state senator 
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip 
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School 

For More Information:

New Mexico enacts crisis standards of careSanta Fe New Mexican

NM extends indoor mask order to at least November 12Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico treasurer says Gov. Lujan Grisham overstepped authority on federal aid funds – Las Cruces Sun-News

State supreme court sets date for arguments on pandemic aid caseNew Mexico Political Report