Attorneys: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves properly vetoed parts of bills

Attorneys: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves properly vetoed parts of bills
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general’s office is arguing that Republican Gov. Tate Reeves acted within his constitutional powers when he vetoed parts of budget bills this year.

They filed arguments on behalf of the governor in Hinds County Chancery Court. Reeves is being sued there by the two top leaders of the Mississippi House, who are also Republicans.

In court disputes involving previous governors, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that governors cannot partially veto budget bills.

Reeves' attorneys say he acted properly because he was not vetoing conditions put on spending, as previous governors had done.

Copyright 2020 Associated Press. All rights reserved.