City responds to accusations made by pro-life group West Texas for Life

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LUBBOCK, Texas (Press Release) — The following is a press release from the City of Lubbock.

On Friday, October 23, 2020, City Secretary, Becky Garza, released a statement in reference to accusations made by pro-life organization, West Texas for Life, regarding the City of Lubbock violating the Texas Open Meetings Act.

“The Office of the City Secretary is diligently working on the verification of the signatures in the submitted petition.  The City will comply with all laws, including the City of Lubbock charter and all relevant state statutes.” – Becky Garza, City Secretary

The following is a second press release from the City of Lubbock.

On Friday, October 23, 2020, the Lubbock City Attorney’s Office released a statement in reference to accusations made by pro-life organization, West Texas for Life, regarding the City of Lubbock violating the Texas Open Meetings Act.

“The Texas Open Meetings Act provides certain exceptions to the requirement that all meetings of a governing body (in this case, the Lubbock City Council) be held in open session.  One such exception set forth in Texas Government Code, Section 551.071, authorizes a governmental body to consult privately with its attorney in executive session to seek the attorney’s advice on legal matters, including pending or contemplated litigation, a settlement offer, or on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act (discussions subject to the attorney-client privilege).  The City Council met in executive session with attorneys from the Olson & Olson firm under this lawful exception to discuss matters properly posted on the agenda for the October 13, 2020 meeting.”

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