They tossed it in an order issued late last Thursday.
The court has now posted online the response filed by Judge Emmett in opposition to the Early to Rise initiative proponents’ petition for mandamus. The petitioners’ reply is also available.
Here is the Early to Rise initiative proponents’ original petition for mandamus, along with the court’s letter requesting a response from the County by September 3. The case is styled In re Jonathan Day, et al., No. 14-13-00748-CV, in the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston.
County Judge Ed Emmett announced today the petition did not meet the legal requirements and would not be placed on the ballot.
There is talk of an imminent lawsuit, but it doesn’t appear anything has been filed today. As promised, Early to Rise has filed suit to force the issue onto the ballot, requesting a decision by Sept 16.