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Residency rule denied by city leaders

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Posted: Jan 8, 2014 10:26 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 9, 2014 7:32 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: metro council, residency, st. george, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- A rule forbidding city-parish employees from living in Baker, Zachary, Central and the proposed City of St. George is off the table after Wednesday's Metro Council meeting.

It was tabled since there was not enough support.

If it had been passed, the ordinance would have required newly hired employees to live only in the city limits of Baton Rouge or unincorporated areas of the parish.

"There are other progressive cities that do it," said Councilwoman Denise Marcelle. She supports the plan.

"There is nothing wrong with it, it's not targeted at any particular person," she said.

"I've always been under the impression that we need to look for the very best people and hire the best people to work for the city regardless of where they live," said Councilman Buddy Amoroso. Amoroso does not support the measure.
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