Partial Veto Complaint Dismissed

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A legal challenge to Gov. Haley Barbour's partial veto of a 2009 appropriations bill for the Highway Patrol has been dismissed.

The Mississippi Supreme Court, in an order issued Tuesday, says both sides had agreed to end the litigation.

The Supreme Court did not address any of the issues raised in the dispute.

The case had been scheduled for oral arguments April 4.

Neither the attorney general's office nor attorneys for Barbour immediately responded to requests Wednesday for comment.

Barbour, who left office in January, had vetoed in 2009 an allocation of $3 million in the MDPS budget to cover overtime pay for Highway Patrol troopers.

Barbour said the bill would restrict MDPS's management authority. Opponents said the action was unconstitutional.