Court arguments begin in Prop 1 lawsuit

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 8:40 AM

AUSTIN -- Court arguments will begin Wednesday in the lawsuit to stop the construction of a new medical school and teaching hospital in Austin.

University of Texas President Bill Powers said he wants to move forward with plans for construction despite the lawsuit.
 
Opponents to Proposition 1 are asking a judge to order a re-vote with the Central Health District.
 
Proposition 1 paves the way for more medical resources in Austin, including a teaching hospital and medical school. It requires a five cent tax hike for homeowners.
 
Voters approved the proposition 55 percent to 45 percent. However the Travis County Taxpayers Union Political Action Committee says language on the ballot in last week's election made the proposition confusing. The group says it violated the Federal Voting Rights Act.   
 
The judge is setting aside about an hour for each side to argue its case on Wednesday. The judge could order a re-vote with revised wording. Court arguments begin at 2 p.m.

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