BRADENTON, Fla. - Amid a federal corruption scandal related to bond financings in Palm Beach County, Fla., a local official is suggesting that underwriting firms be selected competitively as opposed to the long-held practice of commissioners selecting the firms that will sell the triple-A rated county's debt.

The new selection procedures, and a proposed debt-management policy, have been forwarded for county commissioners to review by county administrator Bob Weisman.

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