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Yesterday Austin attorney and community leader Fred Lewis and SOS Executive Director Bill Bunch argued before Travis County District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that Austin citizens Bill Fred CodeNEXTsmallhave a right to vote this November on the petitioned ordinance signed by over 30,000 Austin voters. Lewis and Bunch represented Austin NAACP leader Nelson Linder and other community leaders and petition signers.  City lawyers defended the decision of a split 6-to-4 City Council to keep the petitioned ordinance off of the ballot.  If the court orders the petitioned ordinance placed on the ballot, and voters approve it, then any version of CodeNEXT that the City Council might approve would not go into effect until after a waiting period and subsequent voter approval.  Read an  excellent summary in the Austin Bulldog, or a fun one from today's Statesman