Workers’ Comp Reform
The Chamber supports defending and improving the comprehensive workers’ compensation reform legislation passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin during the 2013 session.
Economic Development Programs
The Chamber supports retaining the state’s premier economic/community development programs which are critical in attracting new businesses to the state, assisting existing companies expand and encouraging investment in communities across the state. Following are the key programs the Chamber will work to protect:
In 2017, the Chamber will support extending the Aerospace Engineer Tax Credit Programs (for both employers and employees) for at least five years.
There are several other programs the Chamber believes should be retained which relate to specific industries or are designed to generate economic development. Those programs include: Oklahoma Quality Events Act, Sales Tax Exemption & Refund for Aircraft Repairs, Exemption & Refund for Aircraft Maintenance/Manufacturing, Excise Tax Exemption on Aircraft Sales and Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program.
The Chamber supports the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission, which was established to make recommendations to the legislature and governor on which incentive programs are serving their intended purpose and creating economic/community development. If an incentive program cannot show a positive return to the state, it should be scaled-back or repealed.
The Chamber supports placing an annual cap on the Zero-Emission Tax Credit and ending the Manufacturer’s Sales Tax Exemption for new wind facilities. The Chamber also supports requiring the Zero-Emission Tax Credit to be claimed only as a credit and not as a refund.
The Chamber supports the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and responsible expansion of gun-owners’ rights. However, the Chamber 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 the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, NCAA and Big XII basketball tournaments at Chesapeake Energy Arena/Cox Center), the Oklahoma State Fair, Olympic qualifying on the Oklahoma River and high school basketball and wrestling tournaments at the State Fairgrounds.
The Chamber 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.
Criminal Justice/Sentencing Reform
The Chamber supports 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 Chamber supports the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform.
The Chamber supports legislation to strengthen the long-term financial condition of the state’s pension plans.
The Chamber will work with the governor, state legislature, City of Oklahoma City and other stakeholders to ensure the availability of a long-term water supply for central Oklahoma.
The Chamber supports legislation to bring Oklahoma into compliance with the federal Real ID laws.
Oil & Gas Tax
The Chamber supports a stable oil and gas tax structure which promotes the investment of drilling capital in Oklahoma.
The Chamber supports continued funding for i2E programs, including the Seed Capital Fund.
Competitive Markets for Vision Care
The Chamber will support efforts to improve the availability of vision care in Oklahoma by eliminating artificial barriers to entry into the eye hardware market.
Alcohol Law Modernization
The Chamber will support legislation to eliminate restrictions that prohibit continued modernization of Oklahoma’s alcohol laws.
Remote Transactions Parity Act
The Chamber supports passage of the Remote Transactions Parity Act to ensure sales and use taxes owed from online purchases are fairly and effectively reported, remitted and collected.
The Chamber supports federal immigration reform to secure the borders and establish reasonable and effective visa policies/procedures to attract essential workers to the United States.
The Chamber supports timely completion of all MAPS 3 projects.