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Judge Orders City Council Council to Place CodeNEXT on Ballot 
 
Bill Bunch, SOS  Executive Director, Bobby Levinski, SOS Attorney, Nelson Linder, Austin NAACP President and Fred Lewis, Austin Attorney 
Democracy and justice prevailed yesterday in Austin, when Travis County District Judge Orlinda Naranjo ordered the Austin City Council to place the citizen-petitioned CodeNEXT waiting period and voter approval ordinance on the ballot this November.  If approved by voters in November, then any City Council approved version of CodeNEXT would have to be approved by voters before taking effect.
 
Special thanks go to the 31,000 Austin voters who signed the petition, the citywide coalition of neighborhood, environmental, social justice, and fiscal conservatives leaders who joined in the effort, and to the four Austin City Councilmembers who supported placing the citizen initiated ordinance on the ballot, Councilmembers Ora Houston, Leslie Pool, Alison Alter, and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo.   
 
Special thanks also go to Fred Lewis, citizen, democracy advocate, lawyer, and former SOS Board member.  Fred led the legal team, with support from SOS attorneys Bill Bunch and Bobby Levinski.  Read more about the court victory HERE.