SANTA FE, N.M. — While it might be of little consolation to backers of bills struck down this year by Gov. Susana Martinez, the second-term governor’s veto rate has actually generally declined since she took office in 2011.
And Martinez’s veto proclivity has never approached that of former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson, who earned the nickname “Governor Veto” after axing 200 bills in 1995 – or 47 percent of those sent to his desk.
This year, Martinez vetoed 33 of the 191 bills approved by lawmakers during a 60-day session. That number includes both normal vetoes and so-called “pocket vetoes,” which occur when a governor does not act on legislation before the bill-signing deadline.
That veto rate of 17.3 percent was down from 23.5 percent in 2013, the most recent 60-day session, and 34.5 percent in 2011.