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Judge invalidates portion of ordinance in lease agreement between Glendale and Coyotes suitor

A lone pedestrian walks past Jobing.com Arena, Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. A judge has invalidated a portion of ordinance in the lease agreement between Glendale and the prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Ross D. Franklin

PHOENIX - Voters in Glendale can go ahead with a referendum on a lease agreement between the city and the prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes after a judge invalidated one section of the ordinance.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink on Tuesday asked attorneys for the city and conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute to rewrite a section of the ordinance to show that it was not passed as an emergency measure.

Residents now have 30 days from the June 8 Glendale City Council vote to gather signatures for a public referendum on the agreement.

Fink said he will issue a ruling on Goldwater's attempt to invalidate the entire ordinance soon.

Glendale's City Council voted 4-2 in favour of the $325 million lease agreement with potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison.

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