Legislative Special Session Begins
The first week of the Special Session of the Oklahoma State Legislature has ended with the House & Senate passing 23 Tort Reform bills. These bills will now go to the opposite house of the legislature for consideration. All bills go into effect following the governor’s signature. Both houses expect to complete their work early next week.
OGITA and Tangent Giving Away Servers
OGITA and Tangent originally gave away servers to the tornado victims around Oklahoma. Now they have some additional servers that can be used by Oklahoma organizations to help improve technology. If your city could use a free server or two, please either go to http://www.ogita.org/freeservers.html and fill out a form or use their PDF form and submit it at the OML Conference which will be September 17 – 19 in Tulsa. The PDF is located at http://www.ogita.org/images/FreeServers.pdf. The form will also be available at the OGITA booth at the OML conference. There is a limited supply. After all submissions are collected at the OML conference and online, successful applicants will be notified by October 1.
Do We Have Your History and Photos Yet?! It’s Not Too Late!!
If you haven’t yet submitted a brief history of your municipality along with an early day photo and a more recent one, we hope you will do so soon. We want to celebrate all of our members! After all, the centennial isn’t just about OML, it’s about you, our members. We will be running these stories in our Oklahoma Cities and Towns newsletter through the end of this year so there’s still plenty of time to get that to us. Join the celebration and send in your photos and information soon! Please email it to Jimi Layman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director Goodwill Visits Take Her to Sapulpa and Mounds
In her quest to visit all OML-member municipalities, Carolyn’s latest series of stops took her to the communities of Sapulpa and Mounds. Watch for all the details in the October issue of Oklahoma Cities and Towns coming to your email inbox soon.
OML Conference in association with MESO, OMAG and OMRF, September 17 – 19, 2013, Tulsa
OAMA Fall Conference, September 18, Doubletree Hotel Downtown, Tulsa
Practical Guide Workshop, November 8, Rose State College, Midwest City
New Officials Institutes:
Please Note Date and Location Changes
October 10, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton (location and date change)
November 21, Woodward Convention Center
December 12, Eastern Oklahoma State College, McAlester (location and date change)
February 15, 2014, OSU Alumni Center, Stillwater
District Dinner Meetings
Please note date and location changes!
October 10, Lawton Country Club
October 17, Cattlemen’s, Oklahoma City
October 24, Freddie’s, Sapulpa
November 7, Pete’s Place, Krebs
November 21, Woodward Convention Center
Return to Top
Executive Director's Update Archive
This material is provided as general information and is not a substitute for legal advice. Consult your attorney for advice concerning specific situations
KOB Extends Deadline for Nominations
In order to give everyone enough time to submit a nomination for the KOB 2013 Environmental Excellence Competition, the deadline has been extended to Friday, September 13. Click here to go directly to the nomination form. Finalists will be notified during the first week of October.
City Attorneys Are Discussing:
From time-to-time legal issues or questions are posed from a city attorney requesting other city attorneys to weigh in with their own opinions or experiences. Their various city attorney responses are interesting and always result in a variety of opinions. This week we are sharing with you a City Attorney discussion on whether a municipality may adopt a "No Cash" policy.
Is it true that several smaller municipalities have adopted a no-cash policy? Does anyone know if that is true? I have heard a few auditors suggest that some municipalities have such a policy. Can a municipality adopt a "no cash at all" policy for the city? Utility payments, bond, court fines, and permits -- everything would be paid by check, money order or credit/debit card. Under what circumstances can a municipality refuse to accept cash or coin of the United States as payment? Does a municipality have to accept cash just because it is legal tender? And, if it can refuse, what effect, if any, does that have on whatever "security" the municipality has to secure the obligation? Does there need to be an ordinance, resolution, statement in terms/conditions of service, setting out the policy? Click here to read the responses to this question.
Oklahoma Economic Report
The August edition of the Oklahoma Economic Report from the State Treasurer’s Office is ready to download and read. Stories this month include: Economic Security: National Defense Enhances Oklahoma’s Economy; Commentary by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe: Defense Dividends; After Final Accounting, Rainy Day Fund Receives Deposit; Twelve-month Gross Receipts Reach All-time High; and State Jobless Rate Ticks Up for Third Consecutive Month. Click here to accept the report.
KAB Webinar: Recycling on the Go
This webinar will be held on September 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT. A panel of experts will share their professional judgment on the best practices for recycling at events, streetscapes, parks and other public locations. The webinar will include panel members responding to photos of real world recycling situations to highlight the pros and cons of different bin designs, location placement and labeling. Panelists will address issues such as operational efficiency and ergonomic safety, as well as steps to increase recovery and minimize contamination. Click here to register.
SLLC Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in a Federal Court Abstention Case
This case is whether federal courts should abstain from deciding a case when there is a related state proceeding that is “remedial” not “coercive.” The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief in this case. NLC did not join the SLLC’s brief in this case but IMLA did. While this is more of a state case than a local case, the case does have relevance to local governments. Most remedial proceedings happen on the local level and involve zoning variances, the denial of gun permits, and the like. As discussed in the SLLC’s brief, local governments may prefer that these cases be heard in state court rather than federal court for a variety of reasons including cost and accessibility. Click here to read more.
White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Update
In this week’s issue President Obama outlines his plan to make college more affordable, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force release a Rebuilding Strategy, and HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs announce funding to local agencies to help end veteran homelessness. Click here to read more.
ICSC Texas Conference and Deal Making, November 6, 2013, Dallas, TX
NLC Congress of Cities, November 13 – 16, Seattle, WA
OCEA Fall Conference, September 26, McClain County Farm-Home Community Center, Purcell
OMCTFOA Fall Conference, October 23 – 25, Stillwater
Strategic Government Resources
Click here to access SGR’s 10 in 10 Newsletter.
Click here to view SGR’s Course Catalog of Live and Online Classes.
Click here to access "The 16%" Daily Blog
Local Technical Assistance Program & Tribal Technical Assistance Program (LTAP/TTAP)
Click here to access LTAP / TTAP’s News Update.
Click here to access LTAP/TTAP training classes.
Public Technology Institute
Click here to access Public Technology Institute’s upcoming training opportunities.