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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.

"We've been shut out while the city council has spent hundreds of millions of dollars, and they've never listened to us about what we want," said Gilbert resident Ken Jones.

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

Goldwater filed a lawsuit last Wednesday on behalf of Glendale taxpayers, claiming the council vote violated a 2009 court order requiring Glendale to provide all documents in negotiations between the city and a prospective owner to Goldwater in a timely manner.

The council voted 4-2 on Friday to approve the 20-year, $325 million lease agreement with former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, who is leading a group that hopes to buy the Coyotes from the NHL.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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