2018 Sine Die
2018 Sine Die
From the Desk of the Executive Director
The Oklahoma Legislature convened one of the most controversial and historic sessions in our state’s history. With many of the major legislative initiatives held in political deadlock, our state’s teachers seemingly forced the Legislature into action with a statewide “teacher walkout.” In the end, the Legislature put more money into education and improved teacher pay across the board. The session was not void of municipal preemption bills, but all were defeated in a stunning effort by municipal partners, municipal officials, and the OML legislative team.
The Sine Die is OML’s annual report featuring a legislative wrap-up of the bills that were enacted, defeated and vetoed. You will be able to access the full bill content in this report by clicking on the bill number. Sometimes the most challenging task is working to defeat bad legislation, but with your quick action alerting your legislators, OML was successful in doing just that on several pieces of legislation which are also included in this report. One of the most popular features of the Sine Die report continues to be the section that provides a breakdown by municipal department and the bills that may impact that department.
In an organization the size of the Oklahoma Municipal League, there will often be different points of view on issues by our members. One of the roles of the Legislative Committee is to direct the League in making decisions on issues and the course of action to take. This brings great weight and importance to this committee. All legislative committee recommendations are forwarded to the OML Board. As the policymakers of the League, the OML board will consider for approval the recommendations from the Legislative Committee. Thanks to our Chairwoman Joan Riley and to every member of the OML Legislative committee, your tireless efforts, and contributions this past session are valuable and much appreciated.
We will continue our efforts to communicate effectively with legislators, mayors, city managers, councilmember’s, clerk-treasurers and all other municipal officials to ensure continued success. It is important to stay in contact with your local legislators during the interim and continue to communicate the municipal message.
Together we provide a strong voice for Oklahoma municipalities. The number one ingredient for success at the legislature and state agencies is a united collective municipal voice. Thank you so much for your efforts to make this another successful legislative session.
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