The University of Texas System board of regents has voted to move forward with the release of documents requested by a joint committee, and to back down on a second review of the UT Austin School of Law.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the regents agreed to turn over the records “as soon as reasonably possible.” But they stressed that lawmakers must sign confidentiality agreements. The records were requested by a newly reconvened joint committee formed to look into “micromanagement” by the regents. Last week, the board’s chairman, Gene Powell, sent a letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott asking for a ruling on the request. In the letter, he cited attorney-client privilege as a basis for withholding the emails.

The board also voted to cancel a second, internal review of the relationship between the UT law school and the Law School Foundation, specifically involving a forgivable loan program for faculty. The investigation would have cost $500,000 in taxpayer money. Instead, the board voted to allow the attorney general’s office to follow through on its own investigation.

Thursday’s meeting marks a turning point in a series of tense negotiations between legislators and the governor-appointed board of regents. Some believe the board is working to oust UT President Bill Powers. A bill authored by State Sen. Kel Seliger has passed out of committee that would restrict the board’s authority to hire a campus president, and funding for the UT system administration was threatened last week by an amendment filed by State Rep. Jim Pitts.