A proposal to temporarily lift the Domicile Law for first responders in New Orleans received approval Friday from two City Council committees meeting jointly - Budget and Criminal Justice.
The measure now goes to the full Council for consideration.
It calls for suspending for a year the requirement that first responders live within the city to see if it helps recruiting efforts for police officers, firefighters and EMTs.
"We're down to 1,207 officers, and we're having trouble getting a second recruit class together," says Councilwoman Susan Guidry, a co-author of the proposal.
"I just am willing to do this experiment because I feel like we are in a crisis mode at this time," Guidry said.
The suspension of the domicile rule would be in effect until Dec. 31, 2014.