The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recognizes the benefits of partnerships when working to represent the business community and create a pro-business climate statewide. In 2017, the Chamber will work together with the Tulsa Metro Chamber to lobby the State Legislature on the following issues.
Teacher Pay Raises
The Chambers support increasing K-12 teacher pay, using new revenues if necessary.
Other K-12 Reforms and Postsecondary Readiness
The Chambers support the following to improve the ability of Oklahoma’s K-12 schools to produce a qualified, college and career ready workforce:
Health Insurance Coverage for Oklahomans
The Chambers support the following issues to strengthen insurance coverage for Oklahomans:
Economic Development Incentive Programs
The Chambers support retaining the state’s premier economic/community development programs which are critical in attracting new businesses to the state, assisting existing companies to expand and encouraging investment in communities across the state. Following are the key programs the Chambers will work to protect:
Criminal Justice/Sentencing Reform
The Chambers support legislation and funding for sentencing reforms and rehabilitation programs to ease the financial drain on Oklahoma’s criminal justice system, lessen the burden on jails and prisons throughout the state and allow non-violent offenders to enter the workforce more quickly.
The Chambers support the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform.
Municipal Funding Diversification
The Chambers support legislation to preserve and diversify sources of revenue available to municipalities.
The Chambers support the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and responsible expansion of gun-owner’s rights. However, the Chambers will oppose legislation to allow open/concealed carry of guns into high-economic impact events, including Horse Shows, NCAA and Big XII sporting events (including the Women’s College World Series, College Baseball at Bricktown Ballpark, NCAA and Big XII Basketball Tournaments at Chesapeake Energy Arena/Cox Center and BOK Center), the Oklahoma State Fair, Olympic Qualifying on the Oklahoma River and High School Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments at the State Fairgrounds, U.S. Youth Soccer Association Region President’s Cup, USA Wrestling –Jr. National Duals, and USA Gymnastics – Stars and Stripes at the BOK Center and Tulsa Fairgrounds.
The Chambers will work with the National Rifle Association, the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association and other stakeholders to improve and clarify existing gun laws while, at the same time, protecting the above events, many of which are contractually obligated to prohibit weapons.
ODOT Eight-Year Plan
The Chambers support annual appropriations necessary to preserve and implement ODOT’s eight-year construction work plan. Further, the Chambers will strongly oppose any effort to divert dedicated transportation funding to other areas of government.
For more information, please contact a member of our Government Relations staff.