"Lakeway Code Inspector Trespassing"



We received a tip in October, 2018 from a City of Lakeway resident that a city code inspector entered his home without permission when he wasn't home to check and see if a contractor doing work had a city permit.  After we told his story, many other people came forward with similar stories.  While the city at first didn't want to admit anything was wrong, they later conceded that this was an issue they needed to deal with.  That resulted in a full house at a city council meeting in November and the ultimate re-writing of the city code to prevent this from happening in the future.  Since the vote happened in February 2019, we didn't include those stories in this contest.  Our advocacy reporting helped change laws in one of Austin's major suburbs.

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Submitted by Robert Cartwright.