The debate of consolidation was once again brought up last night at the Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting.

Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux proposed a committee to explore limiting the control that council members representing areas outside the city limits have over city issues. These issues include budgets and operations of the Police Department, the Fire Department and the city-owned Lafayette Utilities System.

In October, Lafayette voters shot down a proposal to undo the 1996 merger of the once-separate governments for the city of Lafayette and Lafayette Parish. Boudreaux says regardless of the failed vote on deconsolidation, he believes there is still a desire to give more autonomy to the city Lafayette while keeping consolidated government intact.