Government Priorities

2019 Public Policy Priorities

State Issues

County Government Reform
The Chamber supports legislation and/or an Initiative Petition to empower Oklahoma counties to alter their form of governance to meet their unique needs.

Workers’ Comp Reform
The Chamber supports defending and improving the comprehensive workers’ compensation reform legislation passed by the legislature and signed by the governor 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:

  • Quality Jobs Act, 21st Century QJA, Small Employer QJA and the Prime Contractor QJA
  • Aerospace Engineer Tax Credit
  • Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit
  • Historical Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  • Freeport (Inventory) Exemption
  • Five-year ad valorem abatement and sales tax exemption for manufacturing facilities
  • Oklahoma Regional Home Office Insurance Premium Tax Credit

The Chamber will pursue legislation to enact or modify an incentive to address the statewide shortage of software engineers and work to protect the Energy Efficient Homes Tax Credit.

Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFs) and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
The Chamber supports retaining economic development programs that create and maintain jobs and investments in Oklahoma including tax increment financing districts and business improvement districts.

Incentive Evaluation Commission
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 If an incentive program cannot show a positive return to the state, it should be scaled back or repealed. 

Gun Legislation
The Chamber is fully supportive of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the responsible expansion of gun-owner’s rights in Oklahoma. However, the Chamber will oppose legislation that would allow open/concealed carry of guns into high-economic impact events, including horse shows, the Oklahoma State Fair, Olympic-qualifying events on the Oklahoma River, high school basketball and wrestling tournaments at the State Fairgrounds and NCAA and Big XII sporting events (including the Women’s College World Series, college baseball at Bricktown Ballpark and NCAA and Big XII basketball tournaments).

The Chamber will also oppose legislation that would allow guns to be carried on college campuses, limit a business owner’s rights to prohibit weapons or allow guns to be carried by individuals who haven’t been tested/trained and do not have a permit.

The Chamber will lead and support the efforts of the Oklahomans for Business and Property Owners’ Rights coalition to defend against harmful gun legislation.

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 efforts of the Criminal Justice Reclassification Council created pursuant to HB 1098 (2018) and the Task Force on Fines Fees and Costs created pursuant to SB 342 (2017) to review and recommend changes to the Oklahoma criminal code to reduce the state’s prison population.

The Chamber supports Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform Policy Agenda to: 1) continue smart sentencing reform; 2) improve bail and jail practices; 3) improve fairness in the pretrial and jury trial process; 4) improve family connections for incarcerated Oklahomans; 5) make reentry and supervision improvements that reduce fines and fees, enhance workforce opportunities and increase public safety; 6) secure treatment funding; 7) better inform future policymaking and oversight; and 8) improve collection and release of data related to courts, jails, policing and prisons.

The Chamber supports legislation to increase the fines/penalties for the possession and/or use of credit card skimming devices.

Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Council
The Chamber supports the work of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Council, an inter-local government council, designed to institutionalize cooperation and planning for the criminal justice system in Oklahoma County.

Medical Marijuana
The Chamber supports legislation to protect an employer’s right to maintain a drug-free workplace and to enforce policies to prohibit employee impairment during work hours.

Wind Incentives
The Chamber supports ending the Manufacturer’s Sales Tax Exemption for new wind facilities. The Chamber also supports requiring the Zero-Emissions Tax Credit to be claimed only as a credit and not as a refund.

Pension Reform
The Chamber supports protecting the pension reforms which have improved the long-term fiscal condition of the state.

Water
The Chamber will work with the governor, Oklahoma State Legislature, City of Oklahoma City and other stakeholders to ensure the availability of a long-term water supply for central Oklahoma.

Oil & Gas Tax
The Chamber supports a stable oil and gas tax structure which promotes the investment of drilling capital in Oklahoma.

i2E
The Chamber supports additional funding for i2E programs, including the Seed Capital Fund.

Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET)
The Chamber supports the constitutional provisions of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to support the public health of Oklahomans.

Competitive Markets for Vision Care
Reduce and eliminate protectionist laws designed to reduce competition for products and services.

FEDERAL ISSUES

Immigration Reform
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.

MUNICIPAL ISSUES

MAPS
The Chamber supports timely completion of all MAPS 3 projects and continuing the discussion on MAPS 4.

For more information, please contact a member of our Government Relations staff.