Mississippi House leaders sue governor over partial vetoes

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves discusses how the state is responding to the continuing growth of unemployment demands and assistance for self-employed, church employees, gig workers, and others who were previously ineligible for unemployment assistance, during his afternoon news conference in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Reeves also discussed the continued development in the state's dealing with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The two top leaders of the Mississippi House are suing Gov. Tate Reeves over his partial veto of some state budget bills.

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This sets up a new conflict among some of the state’s top Republicans. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Hinds County Chancery Court.

The lawsuit says the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in multiple cases that the state constitution prohibits a governor from vetoing a portion of a budget bill.

Reeves says legislators don’t have the votes to override a veto and are trying a “Hail Mary” to win against him.

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