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Brickbats to Jacksonville City Councilmember Matt Schellenberg

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Brickbats to Jacksonville City Councilmember Matt Schellenberg for attempting to get an emergency vote to reduce the size of the city’s Human Rights Commission from 20 seats to 11. Some viewed Schellenberg’s attempt as a way to prevent the reappointment of commission member Parvez Ahmed, a University of North Florida finance professor, whose first nomination had trigged a controversy because Ahmed is a Muslim. Schellenberg has denied that was the goal, saying a smaller commission would be more efficient. Maybe he should try to reduce the size of the Jacksonville City Council, which has 19 members.

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