Senator Debbe Leftwich
Senate District 44
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2006
Leftwich Bill Focuses on Home Rule
Leftwich, chair of the Senate Business and Labor
Committee wants to give Oklahoma voters the option of
deciding what type of local government they want to
Leftwich (D-Oklahoma City) filed Senate
Bill 1407 which would give any county in Oklahoma which
contains a metropolitan area with a population of 250,000
or more the option to adopt or amend a county home rule
charter for county government.
A home rule government allows for the
appointment of a county administrator and governing
board. It could also lead to combined city and county
governments. Currently, under Oklahoma law, three commissioners
from different districts throughout the county are elected
to operate local governments.
“County home rule would allow the
voters in that county to develop a charter and basically
decide what kind of governments they would want to have,”
Leftwich said. “It could consolidate some government
and city and county services.”
Jim Roth, Oklahoma County Commissioner
said he is in favor of having voters decide what type
of local or county government they want.
“Home rule allows our citizens to
regain control of local government to study what works
and a chance to fix what’s not working and to
restructure it for this modern era,” Roth said.
Leonard Sullivan, who serves as the Oklahoma
County Assessor said consolidating some government entities
is a good idea.
“I’m in favor in letting us
vote for it,” Sullivan said. “Some kind
of consolidation in Oklahoma County would be good. “It
currently makes for a real cumbersome government. ‘We
need to do some kind of consolidation and streamlining
of county government.”
Butch Freeman, Oklahoma County Treasurer
says he favors changing how county government works.
“I think we need to change county
government especially in the two largest counties in
the state,” Freeman said.
Leftwich said this is an issue that is
important for all Oklahomans and she wants them to have
the chance to vote for what they want.
“This is something that every resident
should be concerned with,” Leftwich said. “This
bill provides voters the opportunity to change the face
of their local and county and government if they want.”
more information contact:
Senator Leftwich's Office - (405) 521-5557