Texas House Subpoenas UT Regent, But Then Recalls It

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas System has reversed course and is now asking state lawmakers to issue subpoenas for university employees while investigating possible impeachment for a system regent.

University attorneys say they want "friendly subpoenas" issued to provide extra legal protection for those testifying before a state House committee.

The House Select Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee responded Tuesday by subpoenaing Regent Wallace Hall for Dec. 10.

But members later recalled that subpoena due to scheduling issues.

Hall has been accused of misusing his office to try and oust Austin campus President Bill Powers. He faces many allegations, including whether he abused open records laws with requests for more than 800,000 pages of documents.

The committee also subpoenaed Powers and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to appear Dec. 18.