New Mexico: Governor pocket vetoes bill approved by unanimous House & Senate to allow AOC Director to receive funds

New Mexico’s governor has killed via pocket veto a bill (SB 106) to allow the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts to apply for and receive any public or private funds to carry out its programs, duties or services. The language is almost identical to that found in laws creating executive branch agencies, however most of those provide that such a reception is “with the governor’s approval.” SB 106 did not provide the governor a role in the AOC Director’s receiving funds.

Under New Mexico’s constitution the governor had until 20 days after the legislative session ended to take action (sign or veto) the bill, otherwise the bill died (pocket veto). That 20-day deadline passed on April 10 with no action on the part of the governor.