TULSA, OK -- A recently passed Senate bill allows state agencies to give preference in awarding contracts to state businesses.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett is giving the bill high praise.
Mayor Bartlett wants Tulsa to mirror that legislation with a city statute. The bill's author says it would pay off big.
"If you spend dollars locally, with a local contractor, you have three times the impact in your local community and the economic development of your local community as if you spent it with a national chain or a national organization," said Representative Danny Morgan, (D) Prague.
The mayor and local business leaders lobbied for the new law. Any local ordinance would have to be approved by the city council.