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Veto lawsuit continues in battle of motions



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(Photo by formulanone from Huntsville, United States - Mississippi State Supreme Court, CC BY-SA 2.0,

The lawsuit filed against Gov. Tate Reeves by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White continues its journey through the judicial system.

After his line-item veto of a CARES Act disbursement bill was ruled unconstitutional Monday, Reeves filed a motion to appeal the ruling to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Later Monday, the Office of the Attorney General, representing Reeves, also filed an emergency motion for stay pending appeal, arguing that in his appeal, the governor “is likely to prevail.”

Read the motion to stay.

Tuesday morning, Gunn and White, who challenged the vetoes to begin with, filed a response in opposition to the governor’s Oct. 5 motion for stay.

In essence, the response says the stay should have been filed with trial court, in this case the Hinds County Chancery Court, not the Mississippi Supreme Court. Among other arguments, the response also states that the appeal is not likely to prevail, and that the “public interest is best served by giving effect to the trial court’s judgment, not by staying it.”

Read the response.

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