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:
OTC Contract: The Municipal Liaison Board has negotiated a new sales and use tax agreement for cities and towns. The Oklahoma Tax Commission recently sent notification of this new agreement. The Liaison Board provides this Overview of changes and is developing an annotated version of the new contract.
It’s here, the report you’ve all been waiting for! The 2012 OML Sine Die Legislative Report is complete and ready for your eager eyes! For your convenience, it is all available on our homepage and the Legislative page of our website. You can also click the links below for individual sections of the report. If you would like us to mail you a disc of the complete Sine Die Report, please call our offices at 405-528-7515 locally, or 800-324-6651 long distance, and supply us with your name, title and municipality and we will get one in the mail for you!
Sine Die is a summary document of the major issues tracked by the Oklahoma Municipal League during the 2012 Session.
Sine Die is organized to simplify the review of important municipal legislation. This year’s edition includes a section of bills that may impact municipal departments, as well as a new report highlighting the 2012 Interim Studies approved by the legislature, that may be of interest to municipalities.
Each bill summary includes the bill number and its principal authors, and a descriptive statement, which has been provided by the OML Legislative staff.
Please note that this Sine Die Report is a summary of bills containing legal principles applicable to municipal operations. Like all such publications, it is not a substitute for legal advice. You should consult your city or town attorney prior to taking any action based on this document.
Sine Die – Complete Version.PDF
(Please note, this is a large document and may take some time to download. It will include all of the documents listed below. Links to bills in this document are not active.)
Letter from the Director.PDF
Sine Die – Report Format.PDF
Bills That May Impact Municipal Departments.PDF (Contains Active Links)
Final Summary by Subject.PDF (Contains Active Links)
Report on 2012 Interim Studies.PDF
What is the OML Legislative Committee – The OML Legislative Committee consists of a group of municipal officials who are actively involved in the legislative process. They are invited to serve on the Legislative Committee by the OML Executive Director and meet approximately 7-9 times a year at the OML office. Together with OML staff members, the Legislative Committee solicits input from our members and prepares a proposed slate of legislative issues for the Board of Directors to approve. The proposed slate is then voted on by the membership at OML’s annual conference. During the state legislative session, the committee meets monthly to review new proposed legislation that may impact municipalities, as well as to gather and share information on the status of the OML slate of Legislative Issues as they move through the process. Legislative Committee members often attend committee hearings and meet with legislators at the state capitol.
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.
Oklahoma Municipal League’s Legislative Policy Statement
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.
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