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Delegation votes to support abolishing city civil service

At a meeting last evening, the Escambia County Legislative Delegation voted to support two local bills during the 2013 legislative session.

The first bill, proposed by the City of Pensacola, would repeal Chapter 84-10, Laws of Florida, commonly referred to as the Pensacola Civil Service Act. The Pensacola Civil Service Act is rooted in the 1931 City Charter, which was repealed and replaced by referendum in October 2009 when the current Charter was adopted.

The second bill was proposed by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) and would amend the ECUA’s enabling legislation. The amendments allow the ECUA to purchase fuel under the same terms and exemptions as municipalities and counties, and to conduct management efficiency audits every five years as opposed to every three years as is currently required.

The Escambia County Delegation includes Sen. Greg Evers, Delegation Chair Rep. Clay Ingram, and Rep. Clay Ford.