SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials have agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's sale of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial to begin later this month.
Opponents of the bullet train project and attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority submitted their agreement Thursday to a Sacramento County judge.
A Kings County lawsuit filed in 2011 claims the high-speed rail plans do not comply with the requirements voters approved in 2008, when they authorized selling nearly $10 billion in bonds for the project. A judge will hear arguments in that case starting May 31.
Rail officials hope to begin construction in the Central Valley this summer using federal money, but the state cannot tap any more bond money while the legal action is pending.
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