Keyrose of La Sanbe even went to the lengths of trying to make some sense of the whole fiasco and spoke to an assistant city attorney.
As VIDA has mentioned before, there is already a precedent for a home-rule city such as Laredo to impose nepotism prohibitions as it pertains to the hiring of firefighters and police officers.
For your consideration, VIDA has previously asserted the following:
The Texas Supreme Court has held that a municipality can further legislate in areas of Civil Service Law which are not already comprehensively covered by the Act. This is necessary because without further restriction to the chapter 143 qualification, cities and municipalities could not disqualify applicants who may have been convicted of numerous misdemeanors, who had unsatisfactory employment records, a history of mental illness, or a background of moral or fiscal irresponsibility which would make them unfit to serve in either the fire or police departments.
Chapter 143 will not limit a home rule city's, authority to impose additional entrance requirements on police and fire fighter applicants unless the legislative intent to do so is clear.
There are a number of cases that have upheld city ordinances in the face of Chapter 143 challenges. In Collier v. Firemen's and Policemen's Civil Service Commission of Wichita Falls, the court held that the Commission could adopt, and Chapter 143 did not preclude use of, anti- nepotism rule for hiring into the city's fire department.
Furthermore, the Texas Attorney General has ruled that “[t]he governing body of a home-rule city may not, by ordinance, override a provision of the city charter...."