Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

NM supreme court rules that the Governor may fine those violating public health orders

SANTA FE (KSMX)- The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration has the authority to charge hefty fines against businesses not following the state’s public health order.

The lawsuit claimed the governor’s administration was overstepping its authority by citing $5,000 fines for violations and instead should limit fines to top $100 citations with possible jail time.

According to the New Mexico State Police, 16 businesses have been cited by the state for $5,000.

Oral arguments were heard from two defenses starting at 9:00 am via live stream.

The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling on the governor’s Public Health Order:

“We are deeply disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. This ruling demonstrates the need to seek change at the polls this November by electing conservative judicial candidates who will help protect our freedoms and basic rights. What happens at the polls impacts what happens in our lives in New Mexico, and we must make a stand this fall on Election Day.”

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