Proposition 2 backers win legal victory
Backers of Houston's Proposition 2 initiative to limit municipal revenues won a legal victory today.
As reported by the Houston Business Journal's Jenna Colley, a U.S. appeals court ruled today that the city of Houston must report election results related to the proposition, which voters approved. Mayor Bill White's competing Proposition 1 won more votes, and he has long contended that it takes precedence over the "conflicting" Proposition 2.
Colley notes that the court ruling avoided any substantive judgment of conflicts between the two propositions. Mayor White issued a press release characterizing the decision as "ministerial."
A second, district court case related to implementation of Proposition 2 remains active, and is scheduled for trial in February 2006.