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Transportation at top of OKC’s legislative agenda

Transportation at top of OKC’s legislative agenda

The Journal Record
By: Brian Brus, The Journal Record
November 5, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Council is expected to approve a new legislative agenda to coincide with the election of a new slate of state and federal officials Tuesday.

City officials’ top concerns for the 2019 legislative cycle revolve around transportation, in particular air and rail. Other overarching priority issues that lobbyists will be directed to push include more local control over local issues and diversification of revenue sources beyond sales tax for municipal expenses.

“Transportation is definitely our largest concern,” said Jane Abraham, the city’s legislative liaison. “But as far as something in particular, we’re not really pushing for something dealing with highways … the way we were for the Interstate 40 realignment years ago.”

The proposed agendas and other unforeseen legislative issues arising during the 2019 session will be handled by the Taylor Group professional consultant services firm at the state level and Potomac Strategic Development Co. for federal issues. The former contract is priced at $72,000 per year and the latter is $90,000. Both contracts have been at the same level since 2014. The city puts the jobs out to bid every five years... FULL ARTICLE

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