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City Council Member Garrett Dennis is becoming the fountainhead of bad bills.

While they may be well-intended, many are ill-conceived, counter-productive or just plain useless.

The prefect example is his proposal for a citizen review board.

Such boards have been tried elsewhere, and accomplish nothing.

Dennis, a Democrat, wants to add another layer to the process of reviewing police conduct when there are allegations of excessive force, which has not worked well.

It merely adds a platform for opponents of law and order to rant and rave.

His latest legislation it likewise without merit.

He wants to reduce the size of the council from 19 members to 14.

There is nothing magic about the number. It was derived from the number of city and county politicians prior to consolidation. But it has worked reasonably well and there is no reason for change.

Also, he wants to remove the five council positions elected throughout the city, leaving the 14 little fiefdoms run by district council members intact. That would delete a check and balance that is needed.

His claim that it would save money means little. It is a drop in the bucket from a $4 billion budget.

The same is true of his worn-out idea to change the timing of city elections.

This has changed back and forth over the years. City elections were moved to the spring because holding them as the same time as state and federal elections overloads the ballot and confuses voters.

Again, the little money it cost is worth the price.

Democrats are not known as penny pinchers. When they want to “save money” it is well to suspect other motives.

The council should vote down the two latest bad ideas from Dennis, then squash the very bad idea of a citizen review board.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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