The Supreme Court Justices will hear oral arguments on August 4.
The lawsuit was filed by New Mexico businesses against Gov. Lujan Grisham, NM Secretary of Public Safety Mark Shea and NM Secretary of Health Kathyleen “Kathy” Kunkel.
Some businesses in the state have been hit with fines as high as $135,000. The governor’s fines have crippled New Mexico’s economy and hundreds of businesses throughout the state have had to close their doors permanently.
The plaintiffs are calling for declaratory and injunctive relief in the wake of illegal closures and fines imposed against New Mexico establishments.
“These illegal fines imposed on local businesses are devastating livelihoods and killing our economy,” said Steve Pearce, Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman. “We are pleased the High Court has agreed to hear this important case. Our small businesses have been violated, and the governor has taken advantage of local businesses and taken liberties with these illegal fines. New Mexicans cannot tolerate this blatant abuse of power.”