The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber board of directors on Thursday unveiled its 2014 legislative agenda, which focuses on workers' compensation and lawsuit reform, economic development incentive programs, research and development, water supply issues and legislation to address various transportation, health care and education issues.
“We believe these issues will further our cause of making Oklahoma City as attractive as possible for free enterprise” said David Rainbolt, vice chairman of government relations for the Chamber and CEO of BancFirst.
“By working with Oklahoma lawmakers to keep the state competitive for business and creating jobs, we can help provide greater economic opportunity for all Oklahomans,” Rainbolt said.
Among the Chamber's legislative priorities are:
Additional workers' compensation reform to ensure the successful implementation of Senate Bill 1062 from the 2013 session.
Legislation to support the Aerospace Engineer Tax Credit, the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, the Oklahoma Quality Events Act and the Small Business Quality Jobs Act.
Pension reform to strengthen the state's long-term financial condition.
The completion of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum through state bonds or other state funds that match privately raised money for the center.
Restoration of full access between Interstate 40 and downtown Oklahoma by reconnecting the old I-40 from Western Avenue to the Crosstown Expressway, as well as other construction projects.
The broadening of Insure Oklahoma to provide health insurance to more of the state's uninsured.
Support for the full implementation of the new Common Core academic curriculum standards in English language arts and math.
The Chamber also is monitoring discussions regarding the state's oil and gas tax structure, working with various entities to ensure central Oklahoma has a long-term water supply, and advocating for Internet sales tax law revisions that include the Marketplace Fairness Act.
For a full list and updates during the legislative session, go to www.okcchamber.com/legislative.