Mayor Mike Houston has cast the tiebreaking vote against an ordinance that would have required city departments to get formal permission before destroying any records.
The City Council split on the measure, 5-5, until Houston cast his “no” vote. The mayor says the ordinance is unnecessary because it simply restates what state law already says.
Aldermen did approve an ordinance that requires them to sign off on any memoranda of understanding that change the terms of union contracts.
An MOU between the police department and police union served as the basis for destroying internal affairs records that were being sought under state public records laws.