Can state employees, bound by civil service laws, get involved in the debate surrounding the proposed city of St. George?

The answer is yes, according to memo issued Friday to state agencies by the Louisiana State Civil Service department.

Classified employees are prohibited from engaging in efforts to support or oppose a candidate, party, or faction in an election.

But putting a sign in your yard about a new city is OK.

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Better Together campaign efforts launch.

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND — Better Together campaign efforts launch.

“Yes, you can. The creation of a new city is an issue and not the support or opposition of a party, candidate, or faction seeking an elected office,” said Shannon Templet, civil service director in the memo.

Other things that are OK: signing a recall petition, posting signs in support or opposition of legislation, contacting your legislator, writing a letter to the editor about public matters as long as they are not about your job.

But the letter says you cannot use your work computer to express your personal opinion, nor can you make public statements about your particular work environment.