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May 29, 2013

Chastain headed to state Supreme Court; streetcar supporters have to wait

Missouri Supreme Court agrees to take Clay’s petition case, but requires streetcar district to go to appeals court first

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Clay Chastain is claiming a victory of sorts after the Missouri Supreme Court

agreed to hear his case.

“We live to fight another day,” he said in an email this morning.

Both the circuit court and the appeals court have said the

City Council

acted properly when it decided not to put Chastain’s petition for a light rail system on the ballot in 2011.

“Plainly and simply, the trial court correctly declared that the proposed initiative ordinance is a facially unconstitutional appropriation ordinance and, as such, the City was not required to place it before the City’s voters,” the appeals court said in January.

But the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

At the same time, the Court issued an order Tuesday declining a request to immediately take up the legal challenge to the streetcar project, bypassing the appeals court.

That will drag out the legal dispute over the proposal.

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