ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The legal battle to keep the Albuquerque Healthy Workforce Ordinance off of the Oct. 3 ballot isn’t over yet.
Albuquerque attorney Pat Rogers filed an emergency petition on Monday asking the state Supreme Court to remove the proposed sick leave ordinance from the ballot.
And the state’s high court signaled on Tuesday that it is taking up the matter, ordering attorneys in the case to file a response to Rogers’ petition by Aug. 28.
“The process used by OLÉ/Acorn proponents to push this extreme and onerous job killer onto the city ballot is not authorized by the New Mexico Constitution or the New Mexico Legislature,” Rogers said in a statement. “The proposed ordinance drafted in secret by New York City lawyers is the most expensive and extreme version of sick leave laws in the United states. It will discourage new jobs and it will cost present jobs in Albuquerque and New Mexico.”