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Supreme Court seeks Austin’s response to suit

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 by Jo Clifton

After losing their case in the 3rd Court of Appeals last Wednesday, Linda Durnin, Eric Krohn and Michael Lovins asked the Texas Supreme Court to force Austin City Council to use the trio’s preferred ballot language for the Save Austin Now proposal to prohibit public camping. On Monday, the Supreme Court asked City Attorney Anne Morgan and the city’s outside counsel, Renea Hicks, to respond to the writ of mandamus no later than 10 a.m. today. That makes for a very tight timeline. Council is meeting today and could change the ballot language, which Durnin, Krohn and Lovins argue must match the caption on the petition signed by voters. However, if the court does not rule today, Council is not likely to act. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has said Wednesday is the last day to change the ballot language for items on the May 1 ballot.

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