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Cost of UT Regent Inquiry Almost $600,000



    Cost of UT Regent Inquiry Almost $600,000
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    University of Texas at Austin president Bill Powers answers questions regarding the resignation of football coach Mack Brown on December 15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Moments earlier, Brown announced he will step down as coach after the Valero Alamo Bowl game against Oregon on December 30. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

    The bill for investigating the actions of a University of Texas System regent has totaled nearly $600,000.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin's firm billed the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations $588,000 to investigate Regent Wallace Hall. The final invoices were released Tuesday.

    Jason Embry, a spokesman for House Speaker Joe Straus, says Hardin agreed to limit the charge to the state to $500,000.

    The panel found grounds to impeach Hall but has yet to vote on formal charges

    Hall is accused of abusing his authority as a regent with massive record requests, bullying staff and releasing private student information in an effort to topple Austin campus President Bill Powers.

    Hall denies wrongdoing. Powers recently agreed to step down in June 2015.