Bill for investigation of Texas regent tops $300K

FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, Regent Wallace Hall, of Dallas, takes part in a University of Texas Regents meeting in Austin, Texas. A Texas House panel on Monday, May 12, 2014 found grounds for impeachment against Hall, who was trying to oust the Austin campus president. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 on the motion and is scheduled to vote on specific impeachment recommendations later this month. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, Regent Wallace Hall, of Dallas, takes part in a University of Texas Regents meeting in Austin, Texas. A Texas House panel on Monday, May 12, 2014 found grounds for impeachment against Hall, who was trying to oust the Austin campus president. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 on the motion and is scheduled to vote on specific impeachment recommendations later this month. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN (AP) — The state’s bill for its investigation into embattled University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall is now more than $300,000.

The Dallas Morning News reports the tally includes nearly $94,000 in legal fees and expenses from November for a lawyer working on behalf of the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations.

The committee voted last month that grounds exists to impeach Hall over his efforts to force out the president of the flagship Austin campus. The panel now must write formal charges to send to the full House. If approved by the House, the matter would be sent to the Senate for a trial.

If impeached, Hall could be the first governor-appointed official removed from office in state history.

Hall, a Dallas businessman, has denied wrongdoing.

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