BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after being served with a lawsuit brought by the state Legislature challenging the governor’s veto authority related to vetoes issued at the end of the 2017 legislative session.
“As I’ve said before, it’s disappointing to see scarce taxpayer dollars being spent on a costly lawsuit over something that’s already been addressed in an attorney general’s opinion. We will respond accordingly and firmly to any attempt to infringe on executive branch authority. The intent of the vetoes was to protect that authority and preserve the separation of powers while preventing the spending of limited state resources without full legislative review. While we will fulfill our obligation to respond to this lawsuit, our primary focus continues to be reinventing state government and making it more efficient and responsive to taxpayers.”