Bay County Delegative Meeting

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A group of Panhandle lawmakers have shot down a proposed extension of term limits for two influential boards in Bay County.

In the county's first delegative meeting, five area legislators heard from concerned residents regarding three local bills. The three bills dealt with Bay County Airport Authority, Bay Medical Center Board of Trustees, and the County Law Library.

Among other things, representatives with the Airport Authority and Bay Medical Board of Trustees asked to extend their term limits.

The lawmakers took out the term limit extension, but accepted part of the airport bill that increased the airport's boundaries to include all of Bay County.

"Most people had some concerns with term limits. Made sure the Bay Medical Center term limits stayed the same. That gives the people the opportunity to serve," says state Sen. Al Lawson.

"There may be other areas of interest for the Airport Authority, so the last thing I want to do is impede progress in our community," says House Speaker Allan Bense.

The lawmakers changed the bills to include two four-year terms for both the Airport Authority and the hospital's Board of Trustees.

The full Legislature will vote on the three bills at their next legislative session.