Texas' comptroller is seeking an opinion from the state attorney general on how to proceed after officials questioned the constitutionality of some of Gov. Gregg Abbott's line-item budget vetoes.
In a statement Wednesday, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said there are "complex questions" surrounding the vetoes. He asked fellow Republican and Attorney General Ken Paxton to issue a formal ruling on the matter.
At issue are $233 million in spending cuts Abbott used line-item vetoes to remove from the new state budget in June.
Last month, the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board called the vetoes "unprecedented." Abbott's office responded by sharply criticizing the board.
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Hegar said he wouldn't redistribute the funds Abbott cut until Paxton weighs in. He called the matter "a constitutional issue that goes to the heart of separation of powers."