UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. -- News 4 has confirmed the Nevada Supreme Court has issued an order directing answer in response to Lorton's petition.
It states: "Having reviewed the petition, it appears that petitioner has set forth issues of arguable merit and that an answer to the petition is warranted."
The order gives respondents 30 days to submit an answer against the requested writ to prevent Sferrazza and Dortch, and any other termed-out council members, from running for Mayor of Reno.
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- On Monday News 4 brought you the story of a prospective mayoral candidate who says termed-out Reno City Council members are not legally eligible to run for Mayor.
News 4 has obtained a copy of the 2011 Legislative Council Bureau report that Lorton said proves him right.
In the conclusion the LBC report, requested by Senator Ben Kieckhefer, states: "It is the opinion of this office that under the term-limit provision, a person who has served 12 years or more in office as a Council Member on the Reno City Council is not eligible to be elected as the Mayor because the Mayor is a member of Reno's local governing body."
Former Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza said this report does not change her opinion that she is eligible to run for Mayor.
In 2008, the Nevada Attorney General's office released a contradicting opinion on the issue, stating "The offices of Mayor and City Councilman are two separate offices, and time in office served by an incumbent in one does not count towards term limitations for the other."
Lorton has petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court to prohibit Sferrazza and councilman Dwight Dortch from running in the 2014 mayoral election on the grounds that they will have termed out as councilmembers.
News 4 will follow this story as it develops.