Many Questions Remain following Council Meeting Monday

KLVT news has fielded many questions following questionable actions in the Levelland City Council meeting Monday evening.

As news director for KLVT and as a member of governmental boards I have taken several continuing education courses on the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act. Both courses are required by the state of ALL elected officials. The Attorney Generals office for the State of Texas has an Open Records Division and provides Open Meetings Training to officials.

According to information from the State Attorney Generals Office, their role is to advise and represent state entities and interests as specified in the Texas Government Code. Under Texas law, the Office of the Attorney General is prohibited from providing legal advice, analysis or representation of private individuals. Furthermore, the Attorney Generals Office has no oversight of municipal governments including respective elected officials. An elected official is beholden to the ones who elected them. Now, The Open Meetings Act provides civil remedies and criminal penalties for violations of its provisions. District courts have primary jurisdiction over criminal violations of the Open Meetings Act. The county or district attorney has primary jurisdiction to pursue alleged violations of the Open Meetings law.

KLVT news will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they become available.

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News Director for KLVT AM 1230 in Levelland. We provide local and regional news updates 5 times a day on KLVT AM 1230 and online at www.klvtradio.com
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2 Responses to Many Questions Remain following Council Meeting Monday

  1. Dee Macha says:

    Jody, do you know if any of the council or the mayor have met the required training set forth by the State of Texas on the OMA or the PIA?

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    • KLVT News says:

      Dee–Thanks for the comment. I have been looking at this, however, just got confirmed–All of our council members have had the training, however, the Mayor has NOT had the training which I have further researched and that training is required by the Office of the Attorney General within 90 days of their Oath of Office.

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