Michael A. (Mike) Crawford

Michael A. (Mike) Crawford is Chairman of Crawford & Associates

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2011 Legislative Session State Laws Update

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HB 1075 Reduces the amount of retainage required on partial payments for competitively bid construction contracts from 5% to 10%. Bill effective 11/1/11.

HB 1366 Allows a governing body to create a municipal energy district authority to coordinate enery-efficient improvements with electric utilities. Bill effective 11/1/11.

HB 1593 Repeals the Municipal employee Collective Bargaining Act that applied to municipalities with population over 35,000. Bill effective 11/1/11.

SB 96 Amends the Public Competitive Bidding Act by increasing from $2,500 to $5,000, the maximum construction contract that may be negotiated with a qualified contractor. Bill effective 11/1/11.

SB 123 and 216 Requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to strengthen the audit and enforcement of municipal sales tax collection through a variety of efforts and actions, including the establishment of a state task force. Bills effective 8/26/11.

SB 331 Amends the taxpayer lawsuit provisions to remove certain liabilities to municipal officers from their actions and increases the number of registered voters required to initiate such a lawsuit from 10 to 100 or 2.5% of registered voters, whichever is less. Also, if the court determines the claim has merit, the related contract is deemed void and the money or property returned to the municipality. The municipality would then be liable for resident taxpayers reasonable attorney fees and court costs incurred. Bill effective 11/1/11.

SB 347 Provides for the forfeiture of pension benefits by a municipal officer or employee for any convicteion of a felony for bribery, corruption, forgery, perjury, or any other crime related to the duties of his/her office or employment. Bill effective 8/26/11.

SB 708 Requires development impact fees to be based on actual system improvement costs or certian reliable estimates for certain public infrastructure improvements and limits the use of such fees to specific purposes. Bill effective 11/1/11.

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Michael A. (Mike) Crawford is Chairman of Crawford & Associates and has over 37 years of experience working in the practice area of state and local government accounting, auditing and consulting. He is currently retired from active practice with the firm, but continues to serve as a consultant and advisor to the firm and its clients and as an award-winning author and frequent public speaker.


 

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