Governor Burgum lawsuit to be heard by state Supreme Court

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Legislature's lawsuit against Governor Burgum will be heard by the state Supreme Court. At issue is whether several vetoes he made were within his authority.

"We will respond accordingly and firmly to any attempt to infringe on executive branch authority," said Burgum.

He also stated his disappointment at the use of taxpayer dollars.

"It will never be the first choice to sue another branch of government, especially on a procedural matter. But this is, I think, potentially one of the most important cases or one of the more important actions that our legislature has done in some time," said Rep. Corey Mock, the (D) House Minority Leader

Legislators say that the lawsuit will cost $30,000 to $60,000. The alternative would be a special session to override the vetoes, which would cost much more.