6:44 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Deadline For Signing, Vetoing Bills

Governor Susana Martinez
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.