King: Martinez Veto Of Furniture Purchase Should Not Stand

Jun 20, 2012


Attorney General Gary King says the state is responsible for paying to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe.

The state Board of Finance is to consider a request Thursday from the 1st Judicial District for a loan of nearly $827,000 for furnishings that court officials say is needed for judges to move into the $60 million courthouse in January.

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed almost $1.4 million the Legislature approved for courthouse furnishings earlier this year. Martinez contends it's the county's responsibility to provide furniture and other equipment

In an advisory letter this week to Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe, King's office said it's the state's obligation although the county can agree to share the costs.

A Martinez spokesman said Wednesday the governor disagreed with the attorney general.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.