BY JEFF CAPLAN | JANUARY 25, 2018 05:04 PM
FORT WORTH - Councilman Cary Moon on Thursday released data showing a majority of 684 survey participants with Fort Worth addresses opposed the city joining a lawsuit that challenges Senate Bill 4, known as the state’s “sanctuary cities” law.
The survey, conducted in August and carried on Moon’s campaign website, CaryMoon.com, and his social media outlets, asked if the city should join the lawsuit. Data collected by Moon shows 61 percent of those 684 participants voted “no,” while 39 percent voted “yes.”
In a 5-4 vote on Aug. 14, with Moon siding with the majority, the City Council rejected joining the lawsuit. Moon was not required to make the votes public after a Jan. 3 ruling by the attorney general’s office deemed information gathered on a so-called campaign website is not subject to the Texas Public Information Act.
Moon, who represents District 4, said he decided to publicly release the data because the attorney general’s ruling insured the privacy of the participants, to “show the public sentiment and for transparency.”