OKLAHOMA CITY – Mayors from across Oklahoma met at the state Capitol on January 20 to debate issues facing municipalities and craft a legislative agenda for the 2012 legislative session. Guthrie mayor Chuck Burtcher and vice-mayor Trey Ayres took part in the Congress, with Burtcher acting as voting delegate for the city of Guthrie. Burtcher served on the Municipal Operations Committee. Ayers was a member of the Public Safety Committee.
The Oklahoma Congress of Mayors is sponsored by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) and the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML). Congress Delegates participate in the one-day legislative event at the Capitol to discuss municipal issues and learn about the legislative process.
State Rep. Joe Dorman, who served as parliamentarian for the Congress of Mayors, said he was honored to take part. The parliamentarian assists the presiding officer with the running of the floor activity of the general session.
“I am delighted to serve these municipalities in formulating their agenda for the upcoming legislative session,” Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said. “The Council of Mayors is an important annual event that helps municipal officials and lawmakers work closely together to serve their constituents.”
Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross was selected by the MCO to serve as the honorary Speaker of the House for the event. “The Oklahoma Congress serves a great service to our municipal officials,” explained Ross. “It allows them to debate and discuss real issues in a legislative format. Through the process we will develop a strong legislative platform for the upcoming State Legislative Session.”