State argues right to sell high-speed rail bonds

May 23, 2014 2:44 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys for the state are asking an appellate panel to overturn two lower court rulings that have complicated efforts to begin construction on California's high-speed rail system.

The arguments come after a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that the bullet train project no longer complies with the promises made to voters who approved nearly $10 billion in bonds in 2008. Those rulings blocked the bond sales and required the state to write a new funding plan.

Deputy Attorney General Ross Moody told a three-judge panel of the California 3rd District Court of Appeal on Friday that the lawsuits by Kings County landowners are premature because the state had yet to spend any of the bond money.

The panel seemed skeptical about overturning the Legislature's approval of the project.

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