SANTA FE  – The 30-day legislative session has just started but already, battle lines are getting drawn between Democrats and Republicans.

The issue? A slew of joint resolutions that would amend the state constitution in order to pass laws near and dear to the hearts of the more liberal wing of the Democratic constituency, which GOP leadership argues have been proposed to avoid almost certain vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

“I think it’s definitely an end run,” House Minority Leader Don Bratton, R-Hobbs, told New Mexico Watchdog. “It’s funny how when the administration on the fourth floor (where the governor’s office is located) changes, the majority party that controls the House and the Senate wants to run to the people with a constitutional amendment.”