ATLANTA -- The state bond attorney of Mississippi said yesterday that he cannot recommend validating a portion of the general obligation bonds vetoed by Gov. Kirk Fordice until a lawsuit challenging the veto is resolved.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court in August by three state legislators, contests the constitutionality of Fordice's April line-item veto of $60.4 million out of $73.9 million of bonds approved by legislators. Fordice is the first governor in Mississippi to use line-item veto power to reject borrowings.

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