Nevada Supreme Court to hear Las Vegas lawsuit

Chris Rizo Mar. 12, 2009, 3:51pm

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline)-A lawsuit calling for the city of Las Vegas to put two measures on the June 2 citywide ballot will be considered by the Nevada Supreme Court, officials said Thursday.

The measures, organized by the powerful Culinary Workers Union Local 226, concern the city's redevelopment plans, including construction of a new city hall.

One of the proposals asks voters to repeal the city's redevelopment plan altogether; the second initiative states that voter approval is needed to pay back "lease-purchase" financing to bankroll a new $267 million city hall.

Officially, the two ballot measures are the Las Vegas Taxpayer Accountability Act and the Las Vegas Redevelopment Reform Referendum.

"It appears the petitioners have set forth issues of arguable merit" and don't have a fast enough remedy in "the ordinary course of law," the high court's order said.

The city and those supporting the measures have until March 19 to file briefs. Oral arguments will take place in Las Vegas on April 6.

The Las Vegas City Council voted not to put the measures on the June ballot after the city's attorney said the plans were faulty.

But the union says the city Council has no right to keep a qualifying measure off the ballot. The union collected about 14,000 signatures for the ballot measures to qualify.

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