Government Priorities

2018 Legislative Chamber Priorities (general)

STATE ISSUES

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 the expansion of existing companies and encouraging investment in communities across the state.  Following are the key programs the Chamber will work to protect:

  • Quality Jobs Act (QJA), 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

In 2018, the Chamber will support extending and improving the Oklahoma Quality Events Act. 

Wind Subsidies
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.

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  If an incentive program cannot show a positive return to the state, it should be scaled-back or repealed.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 supports the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and responsible expansion of gun-owner’s 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 Bricktown Ballpark, and NCAA and Big XII basketball tournaments at Chesapeake Energy Arena/Cox Center), the Oklahoma State Fair, Olympic-qualifying events on the Oklahoma River and high school basketball and wrestling tournaments at the State Fairgrounds.  

The Chamber will also oppose legislation that would allow guns to be carried on college campuses or limit a business owner’s rights to prohibit weapons.

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 public’s safety and 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 and will work with other stakeholders to secure their passage in a form that meets the above objectives and protects the public’s safety.

Pension Reform
The Chamber supports legislation to strengthen the long-term financial condition of the state’s pension plans.

Water
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.

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 continued funding for i2E programs, including the Seed Capital Fund. 

Alcohol Law Modernization
The Chamber will support legislation to eliminate restrictions that prohibit continued modernization of Oklahoma’s alcohol laws.

MUNICIPAL ISSUES

MAPS 3
The Chamber supports timely completion of all MAPS 3 projects.

FEDERAL ISSUES

Internet Sales Tax
The Chamber supports efforts to ensure a level playing field between community retailers and remote/internet sellers to ensure sales and use taxes from online purchases are accurately reported and collected.

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.

National Park Service Legacy Act
The Chamber supports passage of the National Park Service Legacy Act to provide dedicated annual funding to address national maintenance needs.

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