Tuesday, May 12, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 11, 2015) – The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber applauds Gov. Mary Fallin’s wisdom and foresight in vetoing Senate Bill 41, which would have had devastating effects on the ability to recruit major events to Oklahoma.
A last-minute amendment to Oklahoma’s concealed carry statute would have placed state law in conflict with contracts to host events like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, Women’s College World Series softball, horse shows at the State Fair Park and other events in public places. These events, which bring tens of millions of dollars to the state’s economy each year, would then relocate to other cities.
We thank Gov. Fallin for realizing the chilling effect that this would have on Oklahoma’s ability to attract high-quality events that Oklahomans enjoy.
“To some, the stipulations outlined in this bill may sound good on paper, but they have many unintended consequences that will hurt Oklahoma’s visitor and events industries,” said Chamber President Roy Williams. “We are grateful that Gov. Mary Fallin was able to see the future repercussions with this bill and decided to veto it.”
Carrie Snodgrass, Media Relations Coordinator
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber