Appellate court will hear high-speed rail case

Jan 29, 2014 2:46 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court is transferring an appeal from the governor's administration in a high-speed rail case to a state appellate court.

In a notice posted Wednesday, the high court declined to take up the case directly, as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration had requested. But it ordered an expedited hearing at the appellate level.

Last week, Brown, the state treasurer and the California High-Speed Rail Authority petitioned the court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the $68 billion bullet train project.

Decisions by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge have prevented the state from selling $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds and required the authority to rewrite its financing plan.

Wednesday's notice says attorneys representing Central Valley landowners have until Monday to file briefs in the case.

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