The week of March 25 – 29 has been proclaimed Municipal Government Week by Gov. Mary Fallin. In recognition of the event the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) and the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) will host Municipal Government Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 26, and over 100 municipal officials from across the State of Oklahoma will be in attendance.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will kick off the day by welcoming city and town officials to the event. A legislative briefing will be held 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Supreme Court building in the Great Room on the third floor. Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) will brief delegates on SB 501 – Local Control of Smoking Ordinances; Rep. Randy McDaniel will provide information on HB 2078 – Pension Reform; Rep. Jason Murphey will talk about HB 1465 – Agency Accountability, and Rep. Charles McCall's topic will be HB 1875 – Oklahoma Tax Retention bill and what his role is as the House Revenue and Taxation Vice Chair.
Exhibits from Oklahoma municipalities, governmental agencies and the private sector, which are open to the public, will be on display 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the rotunda on the 4th floor of the State Capitol building.
Also on the agenda for the morning at the Supreme Court building is recognition of the winners of the MCO/OML "If I Were Mayor" essay contest, and graduation for those who have completed the League's Citizens Academy Leadership Training.
Every year the Mayors Council of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal League sponsor the "If I Were Mayor" essay contest for eighth grade students from home schools, public schools and private schools throughout Oklahoma. In the essays the students are asked to tell what they would do as a mayor to make their city or town a better place to live. The goal of the contest is to educate our future leaders about municipal government.
This is the inaugural year for the League's Citizens Academy Leadership Training (CALT) which is a program that equips community leaders with the tools and ideas to make their communities cities of distinction. The goal of CALT is to educate residents, build positive relationships and increase communication between municipal officials and citizens, as well as inspire future city/town leaders.