Just because we might have the right to do something that does not necessarily mean that we should do it.
Texas law allows city council to go into executive session when it seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation.
According to their agenda for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 council plans to go into executive session to discuss possible litigation to oppose Texas senate bill 4. The bill would punish local governments that prohibit law enforcement personnel from asking people that they detain about the detainee’s immigration status.
According to a Times article:
City Attorney Sylvia Borunda Firth said during the discussion, posted on the city’s executive session agenda, she will explain the legal implications of the law and share information on current litigation across the state.
Why should this be secret?
The city is being asked to join a lawsuit that opposes senate bill 4, so it is true that litigation might be considered.
There are no circumstances about a particular party that need to be confidential here. The city is not being sued by someone. The city is not in a dispute where it is trying to recover money or property.
The discussion is about policy and whether or not to spend money to object to the new state law.
We should be able to hear what the city attorney and the people at the meeting have to say.
We deserve better