A Boston lawmaker is pushing a measure that would require applicants for Boston fire and police jobs to have lived in the city for at least three years, a mandate designed to cut down on newcomers snaring coveted positions.

Councilor at Large Michael F. Flaherty told the Boston Globe, "What I am looking to do is to extend that one-year residency requirement . . . to three years, so that the incentive is there and continues to be there for city residents."

Under current rules, job-seekers hoping for a spot with the police or fire department are required to have been residents for only one year.