Issue 6
November 7, 2016
The OML Offices will be closed Friday, November 11th in honor of our Veterans.
State Questions Will Be Decided Tomorrow: News From the Oklahoma Deserves Better Campaign
Tomorrow voters across the state will go to the polls to cast their ballots on several state questions.  SQ 779 if passed will have a direct impact on cities and towns throughout the state.  While we can all agree that every teacher throughout our state deserves a pay increase, a permanent sales tax that limits the ability of our city to raise funds for capital improvements and other city enhancements is not the answerMore information
Only Three Newly Elected Official Classes Left, Sign Up Today!
The next NOI training session will be in McAlester on November 17, 2016.  Sign up today to receive your eight hours of state required training.  Throughout the year the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for individuals who are newly elected officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on leading municipal issues.  
New officials still have three opportunities to receive the training provided by OML in the following cities:  McAlester, Stillwater and Lawton.  The workshop concentrates on topics such as the Open Meeting Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Municipal Finance, Ethics and much more.  Don't let time slip away before you register.  For more information and additional dates, see the   NOI Page on our Website .

Remember, you don't have to be new to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Don't Miss out on the Upcoming DDM's in Your Area! 
The next District Dinner Meetings are November 29th at Cattleman's Restaurant in Oklahoma City and December 1st at Mamadou's in Downtown Tulsa!  

On October 27th over 30 guests were welcomed by Krebs Mayor Bobby Watkins at the famous Pete's Place in Krebs for the latest District Dinner Meeting (DDM).  The group celebrated Wagoner City Manager Larry Morgan's birthday.  OML's own Missy Dean, Director of Governmental Relations and Member Services, Sue Ann Nicely, General Counsel, and Sarah Lingenfelter, Administrative Services Coordinator joined the group to discuss legislative sessions and current issues effecting Oklahoma cities and towns.  Dean spoke on behalf of OML covering such topics as SQ 777 and SQ 779 as well as E-Fairness, 9-1-1 Reform, and Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) audit enhancement bills that OML worked on and were signed into law.  She also expressed the importance of getting to know your legislators and pointed out that this year before the elections even take place on November 8th, there are 43 new legislators.  Dean also talked about issues that are coming up in the 2017 legislative session such as Real ID, Civil Asset Forfeiture reform, $1.50 cigarette tax proposal for health care and many others.  
City and town officials were in attendance at the DDM and provided information to the group.  OML board member and Holdenville Mayor Beverly Rogers talked about the importance of OML.  Jimmy Tramel, Pryor Mayor and Mayor's Council of Oklahoma (MCO) Vice Chair, talked about the importance of getting involved in MCO and the Congress of Mayors.  He said it was important for the region to stick together when it comes to fighting issues at the capitol.   
Join us to hear about OML's NEW approach to legislative education and advocacy. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other municipalities in your district and hear about the upcoming legislative session. Talk about this at your next council meeting and make your RSVPs as soon as possible! OML will facilitate the meeting where we will discuss the 2017 legislative session and share the latest League news. There will also be an opportunity to share what is going on in your municipality.  Register online or see  more information  and dates in the brochure.
FLSA Overtime Exemption Final Rule Effective December 1, 2016
The Final Rule  focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt.  There were no changes to any of the existing job duty requirements to qualify for exemption.  Both the standard duties test and the highly compensated employee's duties test remain unchanged.  The rule becomes effective December 1, 2016.  So, is this a big change? For FAQ click here.
Municipal Judges Meet to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform
The Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association (OMJA) held their Fall Conference in Shawnee at the Grand Casino and Resort on October 27 - 28, 2016.  51 municipal judges were welcomed by James "Dee" Graves, Purcell Municipal Judge and OMJA Board President. 
Speakers consisted of Kris Steele-former Speaker of the House and Chairman for Criminal Justice Reform, Joel Porter, Midwest City Municipal Juvenile Judge, Stephen Krise, General Counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Joseph Balkenbush, Oklahoma Bar Association, Robert Hoover, Vice President and Training Coordinator for Oklahoma Animal Control Association and Patrick Boulden, Bixby Municipal Attorney and Tulsa Associate Judge. Topics included criminal justice reform, juvenile issues, ethics and code enforcement with animals.  A legislative update along with an update on the department of Public Safety was also presented to the group. Friday the attendees had a mock trial discussion.
The Spring OMJA Conference was voted on by the membership to be held on April 27 & 28, 2017 at the Shawnee Grand Casino and Resort.