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Howard-Neil House Hearing Underway

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The first day of hearings in the election dispute between Donna Howard (left) and Dan Neil is underway at the Capitol.

Testimony is underway before a Special Master of Discovery and members of a House select committee to determine a winner in last November's House District 48 election.

Democratic incumbent Donna Howard won the election by 12 votes, following a recount.  But Republican challenger Dan Neil claims that a handful of votes were cast by people not eligible to vote in the Travis County house district.

State Rep. Will Hartnett (R-Dallas) is presiding over the hearing.  He was appointed as Special Master by House Speaker Joe Straus last month, serving as chief factfinder in the dispute.  He will issue a report to the House Select Committee on Election Contest, recommending whether Ms. Howard or Mr. Neil should represent House District 48.

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