Action Needed: Contact your Senator immediately to vote NO on this bill.
Property Protection Bill Threatens Most Federal Funds and Local Control
HB 2807, the Oklahoma Community Protection Act, creates a sweeping prohibition of state and local governmental actions that protect citizens’ health and safety. The bill prevents all levels of Oklahoma government from adopting measures that deliberately or inadvertently infringe upon or restrict private property rights. Private property rights are defined to include “unrestricted right of use, right of enjoyment and right of disposal” of property. This applies to both real and personal property. Click here to read more.
New SLLC publication Click here to read a Supreme Court “Review” article provided by State & Local Legal Center, Washington D.C. summarizing the cases the Supreme Court has accepted for the current term relevant to local government. At this point, the Court has accepted all the cases it will take for the 2013-2014 term. It has only decided one case so far relevant to local government.
HB 1875 Resolutions Being Supported by Municipalities Across the State Thank you to the municipalities that have adopted the attached resolution supporting HB 1875 by Rep. Charles McCall and Sen. Clark Jolley. A number of you have contacted Missy Dean, Director of Government Relations, asking for the resolution and spreadsheets for your legislators. We know they are hearing you when we visit with the legislators. We hope more of you will follow in their footsteps. HB 1875 is currently in conference committee and is postured to be heard when Session begins. Under current law, municipalities and counties are required to enter into a contract with the Oklahoma Tax Commission to collect their local sales and use taxes. OTC charges a retention fee from those collected taxes ranging from 1% to 1¾%. HB 1875 reduces the retention fee charged to cities, towns and counties to .5% of a municipality’s and county’s collections. To help offset the loss of funding to OTC, the bill allows the OTC to retain .4% of 1% of collected state sales and use tax beginning in FY14-15. Keep up the great work!
Marketplace Fairness Passes U.S. Senate - S. 743, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed out of the U.S. Senate Monday night with a vote of 69-27.
One of the League's primary responsibilities is to represent the viewpoint of its member cities and towns at the state legislature. During each legislative session hundreds of bills are introduced that affect municipal government. These measures are followed on a day-to-day basis, many of them are actively supported or opposed, and developments are reported to our membership during the session. Between legislative sessions, the League provides information to interim committees.
At the federal level the League keeps our congressional delegation apprised of the positions of our city and town officials on various national issues. Staff works with both state and federal officials who develop the rules used to implement legislation to assure that policies and programs are compatible with and meet the needs of our cities and towns.
Our legislative philosophy is set by our members and reflected in the official issues statement which is revised yearly at the annual conference. The League supports legislation which will materially assist municipalities in their daily operations and opposes bill which would seriously hinder their abilities to govern themselves or that mandate additional costs.
OML Legislative Staff:
In an effort to have a favorable outcome on legislation involving cities and towns, this program has been created for key municipal leadership actively involved in the legislative process.
The GRIP program will allow us to make quick contact with you, who in turn, can make quick contact with your legislator(s) on issues of importance to you during the legislative session. Whenever a contact needs to be made, you will be notified. These issues often turn on a few hours of notice. When contacted you will receive all information that you need on the issue. If there is time we will e-mail or fax. In critical situations we will try to call you.
The Oklahoma Municipal League is recognized as the respected representative of Oklahoma municipalities in the state legislature, administrative agencies, and federal government and the authoritative source for legislative and other information for member cities and towns.
The central purpose of the Oklahoma Municipal League is to advance the interests and welfare of the cities and towns of our State with priorities given to economic development, municipal finance and governance. The basic goals of the League are to provide information and assistance to municipal officials and serve as the collective voice of local government officials in interactions at both the state and national levels.
The League’s position on legislative proposals and agency rules is based on fundamental principles of enhancing the ability of local officials to govern efficiently and effectively. Legislative issues are submitted by a resolution supported by the local council. Issues of statewide concern may be brought directly to the Legislative Committee without a resolution. OML’s legislative policy is established by the Board of Directors pursuant to recommendations made by the Committee.
The Legislative Committee is comprised of elected and appointed officials who are briefed on League legislative positions and who are asked to advocate at the legislature and state agencies, along with League staff on a regular basis. The League President appoints the municipal officials to serve on the Committee. Local officials interested in serving on the Committee are strongly encouraged to submit their names for consideration to the League’s executive director.
OML’s Legislative Committee meets regularly during the legislative session as well as one month prior to the League’s annual conference to hear the proposed resolutions and other issues that have been submitted for consideration for the upcoming legislative session. Issues that are approved at the Committee meeting are then submitted to the OML Board of Directors for final approval and then to the full membership for adoption at the annual conference.
Once a position or issue has been adopted, the League should be regarded as the voice for Oklahoma’s cities and towns in such matters. The League will not intervene or act upon matters of dispute between member municipalities, unless authorized by the Board of Directors.
As each bill is filed prior to the session, and amended throughout the legislative process, it is reviewed by OML staff members. Those of interest to municipalities are identified, and, with input from city officials, the OML Executive Committee, the executive director and staff make a determination of whether to support, oppose, monitor or take no position on a bill.
OML is your organization. Together we provide a strong voice for Oklahoma municipalities. Cities and towns either win or lose together at the State Capitol since it takes a majority of legislators from all over the state---whether rural or urban, democrat or republican---to carry the day. The number one ingredient for success at the legislature and state agencies is a united collective municipal voice.