BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature says an attorney general’s opinion does not resolve lawmakers’ ongoing veto fight with Gov. Doug Burgum.
The Legislature in court papers filed Monday says the opinion “does not constitute law.”
Lawmakers allege Burgum violated his line-item veto power last spring by deleting words or phrases on several spending bills in a way that changed intent.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is defending Burgum in the lawsuit. Stenehjem says he will base his state Supreme Court argument on an opinion he authored that actually favors the Legislature on some of the vetoes. But Stenehjem also argues that lawmakers ceded too much power by giving a subset of the Legislature “significant budgetary decisions” that were not authorized.
Oral arguments are tentatively scheduled March 19 in state’s high court.