Law & Principles

Jonathan Small | July 4, 2023

Light those fireworks in your front yard! (No, not you.)

Jonathan Small

“It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person to possess, manufacture, store, sell, or use any fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of Tulsa, without first having procured an operational permit from the fire code official…” This city ordinance becomes especially relevant this time of year, and city officials have been reminding everyone to be particularly careful after the recent storm left wood debris across areas of Tulsa.

But this city ordinance, and fines that come with it, may no longer apply to everyone. Tribal members are no longer subject to city ordinances under a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Throughout much of eastern Oklahoma, anyone who has a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card will now be exempt from local enforcement of municipal ordinances.

Jonathan Small President

Jonathan Small


Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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