House panel meets on UT Regent Hall impeachment

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas House panel investigating University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall heard its first round of testimony in an investigation that could lead to the first impeachment of a nonelected official in state history.

Some state lawmakers have accused Hall of misusing the authority of his office in an effort to force out UT Austin President Bill Powers.

Rep. Jim Pitts, who brought impeachment charges against Hall, was the first witness before the Select Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee. He renewed his claims that Hall was engaged in a "witch hunt" against Powers that hurt the university's reputation.

The panel also issued subpoenas for testimony from several University of Texas System and campus administrators about their dealings with Hall.

The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday.

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