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City Council approves hiring own attorney

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Posted at 8:42 AM, Sep 02, 2020

In a meeting last night, the City Council has approved an ordinance to hire an attorney to help resolve the current dispute with the City-Parish Attorney’s office over the City Council’s ability to control city tax dollars.

The council vote appoints Lea Anne Batson as special counsel. Batson has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney representing consolidated government in East Baton Rouge Parish, including four years as the Parish Attorney.

Batson has also served on three different committees charged with revisions to East Baton Rouge’s Plan of Government.