Issue 33
May 30, 2017
Session Comes To An End
May 26, 2017 marked the end of the First Session of the 56th Legislature.  The final week of Session turned out to be extremely hectic and full of late night meetings. Because Session has now ended, the Advocate will not be sent out this week but look for the upcoming Sine Die Report that will provide you with a complete summary of all the activities that occurred at the Capitol in June.
OML Board Districts 2 And 11 Call For Nominations: Deadline July 21st
The Board seats representing Districts 2 and 11 on the Oklahoma Municipal League Board of Directors is up for election this year and will be voted on at the 2017 OML annual business meeting held during the OML annual conference in Tulsa, Thursday morning September 14, 2017. The Honorable Jason Nichols, Mayor for the City of Tahlequah, the District 2 representative and the District 11 representative, the Honorable Richard Chapman, Vice-Mayor of the Town of Gage have both expressed a desire to continue serving their districts if reappointed.
If you are interested in being considered for one of these positions, please submit your letter of interest, resume, and an attested resolution to the OML offices at 201 N.E. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, Attention: Nancee Morris, fax to 405-528-7560 or email to Deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, July 21, 2017.
If you have any questions or desire additional information, please feel free to contact James Couch, Nominating Committee Chair at or contact Nancee Morris at or call 800-324-6651 or 405-528-7515.

Newly Elected? New Officials Institutes (NOI) in June
Throughout the year OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected and appointed officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. An officer is defined in 11 O.S. Section 1-102. State law requires each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, OR appointed for the first time on or after July 1, 2006, to attend an institute for municipal officials. The statute is codified at Title 11 O.S., Section 8-114.
The NOI teaches the statutorily required topics such as Municipal Budget Requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Ethics, Procedures for Conducting Meetings, Conflict of Interest, and Purchasing Procedures.

The next New Officials Institutes (NOI) is June 8th in Oklahoma City at the Rockwell Francis Tuttle and June 15th in Tulsa at the Tulsa Tech Lemley Campus. If you can't make these, there will be other opportunities later in the year and early next year to receive your required training in 2017-2018. Registration is currently open for both June classes.

For more information see  the NOI page  on our website.

Remember, you don't have to be new to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Deadline: July 14 - Have You Submitted Your Award Nominations? 
Nominations are now being accepted for the MCO Mayor of the Year awards, the Innovations award, and the Don Rider award. Please submit your entries by Friday, July 14, 2017. The awards will be presented at the OML annual conference being held in Tulsa, September 12-14. 

For more information on any of these awards, please feel free to contact Sarah Lingenfelter regarding the mayor of the year awards at  or for further details on the Innovations or Don Rider awards, contact Missy Dean at .  You may also visit our website or call 405-528-7515 or 800-324-6651.

OML 2017 Annual Conference Thanks Its Corporate Sponsors
OML would like to recognize three more of its corporate sponsors who have chosen to show their support for Oklahoma cities and towns through their generosity in being one of our sponsors at this year's annual conference. Crawford and Associates, Rose State College and Freese and Nichols have been sponsors for many years and their contribution, as always, is greatly appreciated.

OML is grateful for all of our sponsors and the vital services they offer our members. These organizations' generosity and commitment to Oklahoma cities and towns proves that working together wins. OML is grateful for all of the help that our sponsors provide.

Please visit our Conference Website today!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Mayors Council Of Oklahoma Summer Conference July 20-22
The Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) will host the Mayors' Summer Conference in Idabel July 20, 21, and 22, 2017. The annual event provides mayors, vice-mayors and their families an opportunity to experience the best the hosting city has to offer while having the opportunity to network with fellow officials and participate in a quality educational workshop.. Idabel Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas will organize the conference and has tremendous plans for those in attendance.  Thursday morning is reserved for the MCO and OML Board of Directors' meeting followed by a golf scramble. On Friday, participants will take in one of the wonderful tours that the City of Idabel has to offer. Rotating roundtable sessions with hot topics to stimulate the discussion are planned. Join us in Idabel for three days with other Mayor's from around our great state.
If you need a hotel room, contact the Comfort Suites at 400 SE Lincoln Road, Idabel, OK.  To make a reservation call 580-286-9393.  The room block will be open until June 20, 2017 at a rate of $91.00 per night.  You will need to tell them you are attending the 2017 Mayors Conference.  For more information contact   Sarah Lingenfelter via email  or call (405) 528-7515 or (800) 324-6651. Registration Information
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