Governor Martinez’s Vetoes Invalid Says House Leadership

Governor Martinez’s Vetoes Invalid Says House Leadership

Vetoes Were Constitutionally Required to Include Objections

Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, House Leadership joined Senate Leadership in declaring certain vetoes by Governor Martinez  invalid because they were issued without messages as required by the New Mexico Constitution. Because these vetoes were not issued according to the Constitution, they are invalid, and therefore the bills are now state law.

“These vetoes were delivered without any explanation of why these bills were deemed objectionable. This is a violation of the New Mexico Constitution,” said House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque). “The Governor failed to veto House Bills 144 and 126 properly and, therefore, they became law without her signature.”

House Bill 144, Industrial Hemp Research Rules, opens New Mexico to the $600 million booming industrial hemp market. Sponsored by Representatives Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (D-La Mesa), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Rick Little (R-Chaparral), HB 144 creates a regulated hemp market in our state, allowing our farmers to expand into a rapidly expanding industry.

House Bill 126increases opportunities for New Mexico students, improves college affordability and grows the health care workforce. The bill gives preferences for loans to students who graduate from New Mexico medical schools and commit to practice in underserved New Mexico communities. HB 126, sponsored by House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces), passed unanimously through both chambers.