Texas Attorney General sues for removal of 8 Austin Planning Commission members

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is calling for the immediate removal of eight members of the Austin Planning Commission who he said violated the city’s charter by being connected to land use or real estate.

City charter holds that no more than one-third of the 15-seat, council-appointed Planning Commission can be “directly or indirectly” connected to land use or real estate.

The suit, filed Monday against eight planning commissioners, demands their removal for “unlawfully” holding office. They include James Shieh (appointed by Mayor Steve Adler); Karen McGraw (Council Member Kathie Tovo), Trinity White (Council Member Ora Houston), Fayez Kazi (Council Member Delia Garza), James Schissler (Council Member Ellen Troxclair), Patricia Seeger (Council Member Alison Alter), Greg Anderson (Council Member Jimmy Flannigan) and Tom Knuckols (Council Member Ann Kitchen).

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