A new report lists four positives for every negative among issues of concern to the city.
Some negatives are consequential, though, including Republican House Speaker
Passage of a measure to block OKC's vacant and abandoned building registry, centerpiece of the city's blight-fighting efforts, gets a grade of "mixed."
Among the "positives" on the list, many are for bills that died. For instance:
--An effort to pre-empt cities' authority to regulate app-based "ridesharing" services Uber and Lyft (Senate Bill 1703) failed to move forward.
--A bill to require cities to allow building in floodplains and flood ways (Senate Bill 1967) died.
--A bill to take away municipal election dates, including
--A "right to farm" measure (House Joint Resolution 1006) died. It may have pre-empted city animal and land-use ordinances.
--A bill to expand carrying weapons on buses (House Bill 1558) failed.
Rated "negative" was a bill that pre-empted the ability of cities to establish their own minimum wage (House Bill 1023). That bill passed and was quickly signed after a coalition of labor groups began an initiative campaign to call a vote on raising the minimum wage in
One the plus side:
--The city and its retirees are expected to save money on retiree medical insurance as a result of reforms included in a bill (Senate Bill 1858) signed by the governor in April.
--The city expects to save
Worth Considering: A bill "very narrowly prevented" would have required installation of a security checkpoint at every public entrance to every city building, at a cost of
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