Former FB Council Member Sues City

Farmers Branch sued in Dallas court.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2008  |  Updated 7:24 AM CDT
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Former FB Council Member Sues City

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A Dallas suburb that's been trying to ban home rentals to illegal immigrants faces a lawsuit over access to public records about the ordinances.

Former Farmers Branch City Council member Carol Dingman is suing the city in a Dallas court.

Dingman has requested copies of the legal and consulting bills connected to the city's immigration-related ordinances. The information is public and available to anyone under the Freedom of Information.

Dingman says city officials have repeatedly referred her requests to the state Attorney General's Office. The city contends that the legal bills are privileged communications between attorney and client, so they should be exempted from public disclosure because.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday is one of several state and federal suits Farmers Branch has faced in the past two years over its fight to enforce measures to keep illegal immigrants from living in the city.

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