T he Chamber recently released its public policy priorities for 2021. Below is an excerpt of key issues at the state, local and federal level. Read the full list at okcchamber.com/legislative. County Government Reform The Chamber supports empowering Oklahoma counties to alter their form of government to meet their unique needs. Workers’ Comp Reform The Chamber supports defending and improving the comprehensive workers’ compensation reform legislation enacted during the 2013 session. Economic Development Programs The Chamber supports retaining and strengthening 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 seek to protect: • Quality Jobs Act, 21st Century QJA, Small Employer QJA and the Prime Contractor QJA
Broadband/Data Privacy The Chamber: • Supports protecting Oklahoma’s pro-investment environment to facilitate the development of telecommunication infrastructure • Supports efforts to remove barriers to broadband access in Oklahoma such as ensuring providers are reasonably charged for use of the public rights of way and facilities within the rights of way • Supports common sense protections against the unauthorized collection or sale of personal data and opposes state-level efforts that conflict with federal laws and regulations regarding data privacy Legal Reform The Chamber supports the following legal reforms: • Amending public and private nuisance laws to avoid misuse • Placing a reasonable limit on non-economic damages 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 If an incentive program cannot show a positive return to the state, it should be scaled-back or repealed. Wind Subsidies The Chamber supports ending the Manufacturer’s Sales Tax Exemption for new wind facilities and requiring the Zero-Emissions Tax Credit to be claimed only as a credit and not as a refund. Gun Legislation The Chamber supports the 2nd 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 (many
• Aerospace Engineer Tax Credit • Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit
• Historical Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit • Cyber-security/Software Engineer Tax Credit • Five-year ad valorem abatement and sales tax exemption for manufacturing facilities • Regional Home Office Insurance Premium Tax Credit The Chamber supports adapting Oklahoma’s film incentive program to encourage production companies and studios to bring multiple films/projects to the state. The Chamber will support efforts to reinstate the Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes and to protect the Affordable Housing Tax Credit.
Chamber announces public policy agenda for 2021
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