- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Leading New Mexico lawmakers have filed a lawsuit aimed at invalidating the recent vetoes of 10 bills by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Filed on Monday, the lawsuit was authorized by a Democratic-led panel of high-ranking legislators. They say the governor failed to specify her objections to vetoed legislation as required by the state constitution.

Martinez says the bills dealing with hemp research, expansion of high-speed internet, drug testing for racehorses and other matters were vetoed properly and that lawmakers are wasting public resources on the court challenge.

In April, the Legislature unsuccessfully requested that Supreme Court intervene in a feud with the governor over a state budget crisis, after Martinez vetoed funding to state colleges and the Legislature itself. That funding was restored during special legislative session in late May.

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