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The Line Top 10 Countdown: #10 Veto Showdown

December 22, 2017 – This week Gene Grant and a special panel of local journalists begin our tradition of counting down the top stories of 2017. Coming in at tenth place, according to our producers and panelists, is the “veto showdown” between Governor Martinez and state lawmakers, which resulted in legal actions, lawsuits, and bad feelings all around. 

Line Panelists
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal         
Matt Grubs, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican

The Line: Judge Overturns Ten Vetoes

NMiF: The Line panel - veto

August 17, 2017 – In late spring, New Mexico’s Legislative Council filed a lawsuit, arguing that 10 bills Governor Martinez vetoed during the 2017 legislative session should become law, saying that the governor did not follow proper veto procedures.   Last week, a district court judge overrode the vetoes.  Judge Sarah Singleton ordered Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse to put the bills into law once final paperwork goes through. Although an appeal is anticipated by Governor Martinez’s lawyer, the bills will probably take effect before an appeal can be heard. Host Gene Grant and our Line opinion panelists look at the lawsuit and the bills that may soon become law.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management