Guest Blog (Doug Enevoldsen): "Healthy Cities, Healthy Oklahoma"

Doug Enevoldsen is City Manager for the City of Bixby. He has served in a variety of legislative and executive branch positions at the highest levels within Oklahoma state and local government. Cities and towns are the backbone of Oklahoma‚Äôs… Read more [More...]

Local government mandates–the bad news isn't that bad

As we reported last week, the 2009 legislative session was relatively calm for Oklahoma’s local governments. Last week’s post summarized the good news, including some greater control over governance and more land use planning tools. There is bad news, too.… Read more [More...]

Local government mandates–first the good news

Nobody fears the coming of a new legislative session more than Oklahoma’s 1,900 local governments. Because they are legally “creatures of the state,” our counties, cities, and special districts are subject to the state’s complete control. The Legislature often exerts… Read more [More...]