Deadline For Signing, Vetoing Bills

Governor Susana Martinez
Credit Office of the Governor

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.