ATLANTA -- Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice overstepped the state constitution in using a line-item veto to reject $60.4 million of general obligation debt, a state judge has ruled.

In response to a lawsuit find against the governor by three state legislators, Judge Chet Dillard of Hinds County Chancery Court ruled last Monday that Fordice went beyond his powers as governor when be gutted a $73.9 million bond authorization approved by the Legislature in April.

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