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Wed March 7, 2012
Deadline For Signing, Vetoing Bills
Gov. Susana Martinez is sharpening up her veto pen as she faces a deadline for acting on bills passed by the Legislature during its 30-day session.
The Republican governor is expected to use her line-item veto powers to eliminate money for some capital improvements in bills that allocate nearly $280 million in bond financing for projects across the state.
Martinez faces a deadline Wednesday for signing or vetoing bills approved by the Legislature. Measures are pocket vetoed if the governor doesn't sign them by the deadline.
Pending before the governor is a bill financing $137 million worth of capital improvements, mostly with bonds backed by severance tax revenues. Another measure authorizes $139 million in projects for colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries but the property tax-supported bonds require voter approval.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.