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Oklahoma City Council outlines legislative goals for coming year

A desire for greater localized control headlined the Oklahoma City Council's legislative goals, which council members approved Tuesday in a unanimous vote.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: November 7, 2012
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Smoking laws also have been cited as something some Oklahoma City Council members would like to have more control over.

Oklahoma's smoking laws are an example of one of the many statutes that limit a city from implementing more stringent standards than the state does.

City council members also voted this year to pledge an additional $9 million in funding for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, but it was dependent upon a $40 million contribution from the state that never came.

The council's goal to secure the funding necessary to finish the delay-plagued museum extends to the state and federal levels.

Transit investment, water supply security and economic development tools are among the council's other agenda items for legislative lobbying.

The council's legislative committee seeks input from city department heads on ways that changes to state or federal laws could help the city operate more effectively, and the committee uses that input to form the recommendations that the full council adopted during its meeting Tuesday.