The achievement of a teacher pay increase has been a top priority for the Chamber the past two years. Although we were not in complete agreement with all of the new revenue measures which will be used to fund it, we are pleased an annual teacher pay increase was accomplished.
The Chamber/CVB engaged with partners in the tourism and hospitality industries and successfully lobbied for repeal of this $50 million tax.
The Chamber was strongly supportive of the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform and actively participated in the process that resulted in a number of important measures that became law this year.
The Chamber's Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform recommended two bills be pursued last session.
As an economic development organization, the Chamber relies on a number of specific economic and community development programs to recruit companies to Oklahoma and promote the growth of our existing companies.
The Chamber is a long-standing supporter of maintaining adequate funding for the state's transportation system, an important driver of economic development.
The Chamber joined with its health care partners to defeat SB 1030, which would have cut 43,000 low-income Oklahomans in the "parent/caretaker" group from Medicaid.
The Chamber successfully achieved passage of legislation to improve and extend until 2021 the Oklahoma Quality Events Act, which first became law in 2010.