The New Mexico Supreme Court has declined to hear an extraordinary petition filed by three state legislators who asked the Interstate Stream Commission and the State Engineer to send the Navajo water agreement to the Legislature. The three legislators are Sen. Steve Neville (R-San Juan), Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), and Rep. Paul Bandy (R.-San Juan).
The Supreme Court denied the legislators petition in a one-page order, without an opinion or explanation. This is a procedural decision, not a decision on the merits of the legislators’ position. The court did not rule one way or another on whether the Navajo agreement must be sent to the Legislature. That issue will be decided during the normal appeals process, through New Mexico Court of Appeals and then to the Supreme Court. This process normally takes 3 to 5 years.