Monday, April 12, 2021
This edition of the Greater OKC Chamber Business Advocate reviews legislative action on several Chamber priorities during March. These issues include: 1) working with Speaker Charles McCall (R-Atoka) on economic development disclosure legislation; 2) engaging with partners on gun legislation; 3) advancing Chamber-supported regional transportation legislation; 4) advancing legislation to extend the Oklahoma Quality Events Act; and 5) raising concerns over state influence in the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Also addressed is information on the state’s expected receipt of additional federal Medicaid funding.
There was minimal legislative activity during the week of Spring Break (March 15-19) and the House used the following week to assign Senate bills to House committees. However, much work was completed in the month of March as the legislative process advanced to the midpoint of the legislative session.
Additionally, more than one million Oklahomans received at least one dose of the various COVID-19 vaccinations by the end of March according to the Oklahoma Department of Health. The state opened eligibility for all Oklahomans to receive the vaccine beginning Monday, March 29. Phase 4 includes all Oklahoma residents age 16 and over. This rapid progress is especially striking for those who experienced an unprecedented shut-down of the Capitol at the same time last year. We commend the entire health care community for their progress.