Lawsuit Targets Martinez Action

New Mexico – Less than two weeks after taking office, Gov. Susana Martinez faces the prospect of going to court.

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center claims in a lawsuit filed with the New Mexico Supreme Court that Martinez's administration disregarded the law when it put the brakes on the publication of pending and proposed state rules in the New Mexico Register. Those rules include a state-only cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

The center wants the court to force the publication of the emissions rules.

A spokesman for the governor tells The Associated Press that Martinez's office is following the law and that the publication of the rules is being postponed only temporarily so the new administration can review all pending and proposed rules.

The court has not taken action on the case.

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