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Message from the Chair...................... page 4 Government Relations Staff...............page 5 2021 Public Policy Priorities...............page 6 Pro-Business Scorecard................... page 20 Elected Officials Directory............... page 22 Greater OKC Chamber PAC............ page 24 Chamber Leadership........................ page 46 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
For more than 130 years, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has served as the voice of business and the primary visionary organization for our region. Throughout or organization’s history, there are countless examples of the Chamber working with elected officials on laws that strengthen our region’s business climate, and we know that this year will be no exception. After a challenging year, we must redouble our efforts to enact legislation that will create more jobs, boost our economy, support our state’s core services, and establish more equitable opportunities for all Oklahoma residents. In the pages of this guide, you will find a list of the policies we believe will build the strongest version of Oklahoma that is possible. The Chamber
will actively lobby on these diverse issues, including protecting key economic development programs, continuing our state’s justice and sentencing reform, extending health insurance coverage to more Oklahomans, reforming our higher education system and more. The 2021 Public Policy Guide also includes the contact information for every elected official of our region, from members of our congressional delegation to elected officials at the local level. We include this information for a reason: so that you, a valued member of the Oklahoma City business community, will have every resource you need to make your voice heard on the issues that matter to your business. The Chamber is a more powerful advocate for businesses when you participate in the process, so please commit to building a relationship with your elected official during this legislative session and beyond. Together, we will continue to grow our state and region into a place where all businesses can thrive. SEAN TRAUSCHKE Chair, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Chairman, President & CEO, OGE Energy Corp.
BE A BUSINESS ADVOCATE
Business Advocacy Center The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Center at OKCBusinessAdvocate.com makes having a voice at the Capitol simple. With just a few clicks, you can stay up-to-date during the legislative session by signing up for The Business Advocate, the Chamber’s newsletter solely focused on key developments at the Capitol during the legislative session. You can also find contact information for your elected officials so that you can make your voice heard on the issues that matter to business. Together, we can build a stronger business climate for the Greater Oklahoma City area.
CONTACT THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM
Throughout the year, the Chamber’s team works to ensure that Greater Oklahoma City is moving forward and growing stronger. From promoting pro-business policies at the Capitol to economic development, the Chamber is the voice of business in Greater Oklahoma City. The Chamber staff is always available to assist your business in any way possible.
Roy H. Williams, CCE President & CEO 405.297.8939 email@example.com
Mark VanLandingham Sr. Vice President, Government Relations 405.297.8925 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Barton Government Relations Executive Assistant 405.297.8922 email@example.com
Derek Sparks Sr. Manager, Government Relations 405.297.8933 firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Dugan, CCE Vice President, Education 405.297.8940 email@example.com
2021 PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
• 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. 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
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 • Aerospace Engineer Tax Credit • Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit • Historical Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit
• 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 of which are required by contract to prohibit weapons), including Horse Shows, the Oklahoma State Fair, Olympic Qualifying on the Oklahoma River, High School Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments at the State Fairgrounds and NCAA and Big XII sporting events. The Chamber will oppose legislation to allow guns to be carried on college campuses. The Chamber will lead the efforts of the “Oklahomans for Business and Property Owners’ Rights” coalition to defend against harmful gun legislation and 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, ensuring the protection of property rights and public safety.
Pension Reform The Chamber supports protecting the pension reforms which have improved the long-term fiscal condition of the state. Paid Family Leave Mandates The Chamber opposes state legislation to create a paid family leave program mandating participation by private sector employers that goes beyond federal The chamber supports additional legislation to protect an employer’s’ right to maintain a drug-free workplace, enforce policies to prohibit employee impairment during work hours and other business friendly reforms. Water level requirements. Medical Marijuana The Chamber will work with the Governor, State Legislature, City of OKC 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/OCAST The Chamber supports continued funding for i2E programs, including the Seed Capital Fund. The Chamber encourages the State of Oklahoma to invest in OCAST’s support of small and medium size companies. By funding advanced research and development through industry innovation, OCAST can stimulate public-private collaboration and financial resources resulting in the greatest potential for commercialization aiding a company’s ability to economically recover and compete in the global marketplace. 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. 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.
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). The Chamber also supports: 1) continuing smart sentencing reform; 2) improving bail and jail practices; 3) making reentry and supervision improvements to reduce fines and fees, enhance workforce opportunities and increase public safety; and 4) The Chamber understands the importance of a diverse and inclusive community. We recognize the power of diversity is released when we respect and value differences. The business community will strive to be an effective partner in creating dialogue and finding solutions to issues around inclusive economic development, equitable business practices and criminal justice reform. The Chamber supports: • Growing minority businesses • Practices that enable inclusive hiring and retention • Providing education, learning and training opportunities for everyone • Building a diverse and culturally sensitive workforce securing additional treatment funding. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
2021 EDUCATION ANDWORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES
Early Childhood Education The Chamber steadfastly supports early childhood education and full funding of pre-K and kindergarten programs. Targeted spending on our youngest children is simply a smart investment. The Chamber supports legislative initiatives to maintain early childhood education programs and initiatives. Long-Term, Strategic Education Funding The Chamber supports development of a long- term, strategic plan that will enable improvement in classroom teaching and academic performance. This should include increasing the minimum number of instructional hours, currently 1,080 hours, required for a complete school year. Teacher Preparation, Recruitment and Retention Oklahoma has a teacher shortage. Oklahoma’s teacher preparation system needs to be improved
in order to train, attract and retain high-quality teachers. We support legislation to: • Reward teacher performance and experience • Incentivize teachers to work in high priority areas and receive training to help them prepare for challenges facing students such as being English Language Learners, living in high poverty and from urban areas • Grow alternative pathways, such as Teach for America and the Foundation for OKCPS Bilingual & Diversity Teacher Pipeline program, that enhance the diversity of the teaching profession • Provide additional pre- and post-school year training for alternatively certified teachers Funding Transparency to Highlight Classroom Spending Business leaders want education funding to focus on improving quality of instruction in the classroom. We support increasing funding transparency that makes it easier to understand per-pupil spending and ensure that as much funding as possible goes directly to classroom activity. Longitudinal Data System The business community encourages development and implementation of a new pre-K to 20 longitudinal data system that will measure performance and progress. A working system
would measure the progress, challenges and success of our education systems from early childhood through higher education and into employment. Accurate data would enhance critical programmatic and funding decisions. Public Charter Schools The Chamber supports charter schools and education choices. Charter schools are public schools and are required to adhere to Oklahoma statutes and performance standards. We support creating high-quality charter schools and enabling successful charter schools to grow. This includes online charter schools, schools designed to meet the needs of targeted underserved populations or schools that provide specific curriculum. We support creating a solution to ensure all public schools are funded equitably, and we support creating a solution to address the facility needs of Oklahoma charter schools. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) has consistently ranked among the nation’s top public high schools. More than half of OSSM graduates stay in Oklahoma, and 85 percent are choosing STEM careers. The Chamber supports full funding of the OSSM FY 2021 budget request. Specialty Schools We support state funding for schools that target the specific needs of students experiencing homelessness. We support schools like Positive Tomorrows, a private non-profit school in Oklahoma City exclusively serving homeless students with services that help stabilize their families, bring the students up to grade level and prepare them for success in public school. School and Campus Safety The Chamber will oppose legislation to permit carrying of firearms at early childhood, pre-K-12, colleges and career tech facilities. We will oppose efforts to remove or replace the ability of career tech and higher education institutions to regulate firearms on campus. Teacher Wellness and Health We believe our schools should provide a safe
and healthy work and learning environment. This includes enabling schools to prevent spread of illness and minimize teacher absences by encouraging all school personnel to take precautionary steps including getting vaccinated. Mental Health Needs Oklahoma students face a high level of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We support additional focus and support of initiatives to address the mental and behavioral health of students. This includes new innovation and services from the State Dept. of Education and Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Concurrent Enrollment & Work-based Learning The Chamber recognizes the excellent learning opportunities offered at our four year universities, community colleges and career techs. Students should be allowed and encouraged to begin pursuit of a degree or other certification while still in high school. They reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a degree or certificate at a post- secondary institution, which reduces costs and speeds entry into the workforce. We support fully funding access for seniors and expanding access to concurrent enrollment for high school juniors as funding is available. We also support efforts to increase work-based learning opportunities that prepare young people for careers. Higher Education – Reform and Investment The Chamber recognizes a high-quality higher education system is critical to economic growth. Oklahoma City continues to struggle with meeting the workforce needs of its employers, particularly in Critical Occupations (as defined by www.oklahomaworks.gov/criticaloccupations) that require a higher education degree. The business community, governments and higher education will continue to face financial challenges and we all must be innovative and flexible to meet the needs of our customers and achieve our mission. This should include development of partnerships that produce tech transfer and research partnerships that can help generate private, federal and foundation revenue. We urge the higher education system to pursue significant reform in order to better meet the needs of employers. The business community supports the following reforms.
1. Higher education funding specifically directed to produce graduates with degrees in high demand jobs such as engineering, computer/software/IT fields, and key medical/nursing areas 2. Funding will require that institutions receiving funding be required to submit a plan to increase its graduates in critical occupation degrees by 20% within four years 3. All plans must include annual measurable action steps that will produce a 20% increase in graduates with Critical Occupation degrees 4. We support funding coming from the consolidation of higher education institutions and the reduction of non-critical occupation degree programs Oklahoma’s Promise Oklahoma’s Promise is one of the most successful college access programs in the nation. We oppose legislation that would diminish the program’s focus on college access. We support efforts to increase the number of college graduates and to maintain the direct allocation of state funds, which ensures full funding of the scholarships earned by Oklahoma students. Career Tech – Business and Industry Training The Oklahoma CareerTech system is acknowledged as one of the top systems in the nation. CareerTech is a key ingredient in attracting industry to Oklahoma through its Training for Industry Program (TIP). The Chamber supports funding to assure training needs for new and existing industry. The business community urges the system to focus on producing a workforce that can meet the needs of high-demand occupations.
Career Readiness and Certification The Chamber believes Oklahoma needs more of our workforce to have the opportunities to earn more post-secondary education, including certifications, degrees and other training targeting skills that are in demand and meet industry needs. • We support key scholarship programs: Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grants (OTEG) and Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants (OTAG) • We support concurrent enrollment. These will help achieve the Complete College America goals by enabling more students enter college and obtain a college degree • We support development of more work- based learning opportunities such as internships and apprenticeship programs
2021 HEALTH CARE PRIORITIES
Medicaid Reform As the state seeks to improve health outcomes and to modernize payment models to incentivize value within the state’s Medicaid system, the Chamber supports protecting current revenue streams and dialogue/ efforts to most effectively address the state’s total health care needs on a system-wide basis. The Chamber supports protecting the current Medicaid supplemental payments or equivalent programs to our state’s medical schools and their hospital partners to ensure
Research and Development The Chamber supports efforts to foster an environment that is conducive to further research and will oppose efforts to unreasonably restrict the continued development of the state’s bioscience and research programs. Mandates The Chamber opposes new health insurance mandates and liabilities that will undermine an employer’s ability
to provide quality health insurance at reasonable cost to employees. The Chamber further opposes new mandates being placed on physicians, hospitals and providers that will increase the cost of providing quality health care in Oklahoma. Network Protection The Chamber opposes legislation which would eliminate the incentive for medical providers to contract with managed
uninterrupted funding for medical education and the other unique services each provide. Expanded Health Insurance Coverage for Oklahomans The Chamber supports efforts by the state to efficiently enroll all newly-eligible Medicaid individuals to the state’s Medicaid program pursuant to the passage of SQ 802. Insure Oklahoma
care networks and, as a result, potentially frustrate efforts at cost and quality control and ultimately deny consumers the benefits of cost-reducing arrangements with providers.
The Chamber supports continued efforts to protect, preserve and further improve Employer Sponsored Insurance (ESI) offered under Insure Oklahoma.
Health Care Funding The Chamber supports protecting health care revenue, including revenue in health care revolving funds, from being diverted to fund other areas of government. The Chamber opposes cuts to the state Medicaid budget that would increase the burden of uncompensated care and shift costs to employers and health care providers. Wellness and Prevention The Chamber supports the following initiatives
The Chamber further opposes legislation that would interfere with an employers’ ability to offer affordable health benefits due to a reduced ability to control benefit plans relating to prescription drugs. Medical Education Funding The Chamber supports maintaining physician training funding for the state’s two largest medical schools in the base budgets of the University Hospitals Authority and Oklahoma State University Medical Authority. Physician Shortage/Rural Access
The Chamber supports the following initiatives to address health care disparities: 1) incentivizing the recruitment and retention of primary care physicians, specialty physicians and allied health professionals in rural, underserved and other areas and 2) expanding residency programs for the state’s medical schools. The Chamber supports efforts to identify new funding streams dedicated to these initiatives. The Chamber also supports the
including wellness, disease prevention and care programs that serve to improve the physical, behavioral and mental health of Oklahoma citizens: tobacco prevention programs; efforts to mitigate the harmful health effects of e-cigarettes/vaping;
public outreach initiatives; efforts to address health disparities; and,
workplace and school- based wellness, health education and healthy
eating programs. Prevention of Disease The Chamber recognizes the detrimental impact
appropriate expansion of technology platforms (such as telemedicine and telehealth) and data platforms to enhance access to health care for Oklahomans. 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. Appropriations Support of Community Health Centers The Chamber supports adequate state funding for community health centers to provide quality health care to underserved Oklahomans, prevent cost shifting to other entities and maintain a healthy workforce for Oklahoma employers.
of chronic and communicable diseases (including substance use disorder) on the quality of life for Oklahoma’s residents and the severe economic costs they impose on health care providers and employers. Therefore, the Chamber will support efforts by the state’s elected officials and medical and research communities to develop avenues to successfully prevent and combat congenital, chronic, pandemic and communicable diseases. Clean Indoor Air The Chamber supports legislation to make all indoor areas smoke free; as well as legislation to remove smokers as a protected class in state employment law.
Single-Payer Health Care The Chamber supports improving health care quality, access and affordability without imposing new mandates and/or taxes on business. Therefore, the Chamber opposes a single-payer government-run/ public option or health care system with excessive government mandates. Employer-Driven Market Reforms The Chamber believes that employers drive innovation in health benefits and, therefore, we support market- driven health reforms are the best approach to reducing costs while promoting market stability, efficiency, wellness and quality of care.
Medicaid Cuts The Chamber opposes Medicaid cuts that would place increased pressure on reimbursement rates, negatively impact the adequate delivery of critical services to the most vulnerable, exacerbate an already high administrative burden for health care businesses and increase the burden of uncompensated care shifted to employers and health care providers. Research and Development The Chamber supports efforts to foster a federal policy environment that is conducive to further research and will oppose efforts to unreasonably restrict the continued development of national bioscience and research programs .
2021 TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES
Major Projects The Chamber will advocate for full funding and timely completion of work on the following major interchanges/projects: • I-44/I-235 Interchange • I-240/I-35 (Crossroads Interchange) • I-35/I-44 (Remington Park) • I-44/I-40 (K Interchange/Near State Fairgrounds) West to MacArthur on I-40 • Necessary improvements to I-40 corridor east of I-35 (Tinker Air Force Base) including expansion of I-40 facility to six lanes from Douglas Boulevard to Shawnee • I-35/I-40 Dallas Junction and I-35 (including Oklahoma River Bridges) • Future development of I-44 corridor from I-40 to SH-62, including SH 152/Airport Road, (southwest OKC to Newcastle) to better provide for future mobility needs due to ongoing commercial expansion Regional Study The Chamber supports the ODOT/OTA regional transportation study being undertaken with municipal partners with the objective of identifying, maximizing, preserving and protecting existing transportation assets. The Chamber further supports this study’s ultimate strategic goal to create additional transportation capacity as a means to protect and maximize the integrity of the entire regional transportation system.
State Turnpike Plan The Chamber supports ongoing robust efforts to develop a highly effective and viable state turnpike system. The Chamber further supports turnpike planning consideration to include widening the Turner Turnpike, as an innovation corridor, to six lanes from the current construction at mile post 203 extending west to Oklahoma City. ODOT Eight-Year Plan The Chamber supports providing adequate annual dedicated funding necessary to preserve and implement the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) eight-year construction work plan. Furthermore, the Chamber will strongly oppose any effort to divert dedicated transportation funding to other areas of government. State Bridges The Chamber supports providing adequate annual dedicated funding for ODOT to maintain continued investment toward addressing Oklahoma’s structurally deficient bridges on the state’s highway system, and further ensure that ODOT is able to maintain a nationally leading bridge improvement program. Sustainable Funding To address the declining transportation revenues associated with fuel tax the Chamber supports the research and development of sustainable and equitable funding alternatives in support of transportation infrastructure. Ports of Entry The Chamber supports providing adequate annual dedicated funding and staffing levels for the timely
completion and effective use of weigh stations at Oklahoma’s ports of entry to ensure the protection of Oklahoma’s roads and bridges from unnecessary damage caused by overweight freight loads. State Transit Funding The Chamber supports protecting state revenues
the State of Texas and Amtrak to ensure Amtrak can be maintained as the passenger rail carrier. The Chamber supports continued dialogue on extending the Heartland Flyer Amtrak service to Newton, Kansas, which would connect Oklahoma City to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and other locations
allocated into the State of Oklahoma’s Public Transit Revolving Fund to meet citizen demand for public transit. The Chamber supports the development and implementation of ODOT’s Long Range Transit Plan through the Office of Mobility
on the Amtrak system. Interstate Commerce
The Chamber opposes legislation to limit the ability of Class 1 and short line railroads to conduct
interstate commerce. The Chamber supports
development of technology and effective transportation strategies to increase the safety and efficiency of interstate commerce. For example, the Chamber supports existing state law allowing for the platooning of semi-trucks. ODOT Rail Plans The Chamber supports implementation of the Oklahoma State Rail Plan and Oklahoma Freight Transportation Plan developed by ODOT. Seat Belt Law to Protect Childhood Safety The Chamber supports passage of a new state law to require 8-17 year olds to wear seat belts while being transported in the back seat. • Commuter Corridors Study update being conducted on behalf of the RTA The Chamber further supports efforts by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), consisting of six core central Oklahoma cities, to launch future regional transit services. The Chamber will work with the RTA, COTPA, municipal governments, ODOT and Class 1 railroads to conduct early-stage planning for introducing commuter rail service into downtown Oklahoma City from Norman and Edmond with alternative transportation options to Del City and Midwest City. Further planning consideration should be given to potential future expansion of rail service to the Shawnee and Yukon areas.
and Public Transit. Heartland Flyer
Passenger rail service is a key component of the continued
viability of the Oklahoma City intermodal hub and the future development of commuter rail throughout the central Oklahoma region. The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma congressional delegation, the Oklahoma State Legislature, ODOT, the City of Oklahoma City, the Class 1 railroads and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) to oppose efforts to reduce or eliminate state or federal funding received by Oklahoma to operate the Heartland Flyer Amtrak service to Fort Worth, Texas. Moreover, the Chamber supports ongoing efforts by ODOT to negotiate with The Chamber supports construction of clear span bridges on Interstate 35 across the Oklahoma River. Replacing existing river bridges with iconic bridges would showcase Oklahoma City at the confluence of two major U.S. interstate highways (Interstates 35/40) and facilitate increased sporting events and tourism in the boathouse district. Mass Transit/Commuter Rail The Chamber supports implementation of transit programs that will best serve central Oklahoma including the Central Oklahoma Transit and Parking Authority (COTPA) 2005 Fixed Guideway Transit Study and its following component: MUNICIPAL ISSUES Oklahoma River Bridges
Intermodal Hub The Chamber will work with the City of Oklahoma City (COTPA), the Class 1 railroads, ODOT, the Oklahoma State Legislature and ACOG to ensure the continued viability of the intermodal hub at the Santa Fe station that will effectively integrate various modes of transportation (including OKC Streetcar, Amtrak, bus, inter-city bus, future bus rapid transit and future commuter rail) and enhance economic development opportunities. The Chamber supports efforts to work with stakeholders to maximize alignment and development of future locally preferred alternatives for mass transportation. Street Improvements The Chamber supports consideration and pursuit of all available funds for ongoing and future street improvements.
continued viability of the Oklahoma City Streetcar system. Bus Service The Chamber supports greater frequency, expanded routes and expanded service hours for bus routes. The Chamber further encourages regional dialogue on providing enhanced bus service. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) The Chamber supports implementing bus rapid transit on key routes in Oklahoma City tied to the 2005 Fixed Guideway Transit Study and updates to that study, and the implementation of future MAPS 4 route updates. Parking The Chamber supports continued construction of additional parking and viable park and ride locations, as appropriate on a case-by-case basis, to allow continued economic development downtown. Alternative Transportation The Chamber supports increased construction of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes. In addition, the Chamber supports proper implementation and consideration of bike shares, car shares, scooter shares and future technologies on a case-by-case basis. FAA Air Traffic Control Privatization The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma congressional delegation to oppose any attempt by Congress or the executive branch to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Clean Air Nonattainment The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma congressional delegation, ODOT, ACOG, the City of Oklahoma City, the private sector, and additional partners to take necessary proactive steps to ensure the Greater Oklahoma City region is not designated as being in nonattainment of federal air quality standards. Freight Rail Regulation The Chamber opposes any effort by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to impose additional economic or operational regulation on freight rail operators.
OKC Streetcar The Chamber supports efforts to ensure the
Surface Transportation Funding The Chamber ultimately supports adequate funding for a multi-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation bill. In the interim, the Chamber fully supports the FAST Act through 2021 and full funding for the FAST Act through Dec. 11, 2021. The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation and ODOT to secure a permanent funding solution for the Federal Highway Trust Fund (including mass transit programs). The Chamber supports adequate funding levels to properly maintain the national transportation system. Federal Capital Improvement Grants The Chamber supports continued funding for SMALL STARTS, NEW STARTS, INFRA, BUILD, bus and bus facilities grants.
HOWWE DETERMINE OUR PRIORITIES
As the voice of the business community, the Chamber advocates for pro-business legislation at the Capitol during each legislative session. Prior to the session each year, the Chamber creates its legislative agenda. The Chamber works collaboratively with its partners to promote a strong future for Oklahoma businesses. The intensive process of determining which priorities
will be on the agenda in any given year begins nearly six months in advance and involves input from hundreds of local businesses and government stakeholders. The following is a visual representation of the Chamber’s process of identifying its annual legislative priorities.
Annual Business Retention & Expansion interviews with 300+ companies
Conversations with local businesses and stakeholders
Education Steering Committee
Government Relations Steering Committee
Chamber Executive Committee
Chamber Board of Directors
OKLAHOMA STATE LEGISLATURE PRO-BUSINESS SCORES
It is critical for the business community to support candidates and elected officials who will advance pro-business legislation at the Capitol. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s government relations division uses information prepared by the statewide Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) to identify elected officials’ votes on issues important to the business community. Alongside the RIED scores, the Chamber also assigns a score based on economic development issues included in the Chamber’s public policy agenda that are important to both the Greater Oklahoma City region and state. In 2020, the Chamber tracked votes on key pro-business legislation and assigned a score to legislators based on their
support for these measures. A selection of the key bills the Chamber scored last session were: Technical Changes to expand the Software/Cyber Security Engineers Tax Credit (SB 1204); County Jail Trust (HB 2668); Regional Transportation Authority (SB 1263); Covid-19 Liability Protection (SB 1946); Cap on Non-Economic Damages (SJR 40); and, No Guns Allowed in Scissortail Park/Concerts (HB 3010). See all scoring criteria at www.okcchamber.com/scorecard. The following charts represent the voting records for State House and State Senate members based on the issues identified by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and RIED for 2020. RIED scores for previous years can be found at www.riedreport.com.
Disclaimer: All data in these charts are obtained from legislative, government and private sector sources. The data, information and estimations herein are not warranted as to accuracy and are presented as is and without warranty either expressed or implied. The purpose of this material is to inform. Further, the material is not intended to be and does not constitute an endorsement of any kind or as an official source. Interested persons should formulate their own opinions relative to the data, information and estimations herein or to any information related thereto.
Oklahoma State Senate
RIED OKC Senator
47% 50% RIED OKC
Allen, Mark Bergstrom, Micheal
R 4 R 1
94% 100% 100% 90%
Matthews, Kevin D 11 McCortney, Greg R 13
65% 80% Montgomery, John R 32 100% 100% Murdock, Casey R 27 94% 100% Newhouse, Joe R 25 88% 100% Paxton, Lonnie R 23 94% 100% Pederson, Roland R 19 100% 80% Pemberton, Dewayne R 9 100% 100% Pugh, Adam R 41 100% 83% Quinn, Marty R 2 100% 100% Rader, Dave R 39 100% 100% Rosino, Paul R 45 100% 90% Scott, Paul R 43 100% 100% Sharp, Ron R 17 100% 80% Shaw, Wayne R 3 100% 100% Silk, Joseph R 5 47% 52% Simpson, Frank R 14 100% 90% Standridge, Rob R 15 88% 100% Stanislawski, Gary R 35 100% 100% Stanley, Brenda R 42 94% 100% Thompson, Roger R 8 88% 93% Treat, Greg R 47 88% 93% Weaver, Darrell R 24 88% 90% Young, George D 48 47% 50%
R 22 100% 93%
Boggs, Larry Boren, Mary
R 7 D 16 D 44 R 6
100% 80% 35% 60% 59% 60% 94% 93%
Brooks, Michael Bullard, David Coleman, Bill Dahm, Nathan Daniels, Julie David, Kim Dossett, JJ Dugger, Tom Floyd, Kay Hall, Chuck Haste, John Hicks, Carri Howard, Brent Ikley Freeman, Allison
R 10 100% 100%
R 29 100% 100%
R 18 D 34 R 21
82% 100% 59% 50% 100% 100%
D 46 47% 60% R 20 94% 100% R 36 100% 100% D 40 47% 63% R 38 82% 80%
Jech, Darcy Kidd, Chris
R 26 100% 100%
Kirt, Julia D 30 47% 50% Leewright, James R 12 100% 100%
Oklahoma House of Representatives Representative Party District
RIED OKC Representative
100% 100% RIED OKC
Albright, Kelly Baker, Rhonda Bell, Merleyn
D 95 R 60 D 45 D 92 D 78 R 67 R 51 D 83 D 71
53% 60% 91% 93% 49% 56% 64% 63% 65% 53% 100% 93% 100% 100% 35% 60% 53% 56%
McDugle, Kevin McEntire, Marcus Meredith, Matt
R 50 100% 100%
R 82 100% 100%
Bennett, Forrest Blancett, Meloyde
Moore, Lewis Munson, Cyndi Newton, Carl Nichols, Monroe Nollan, Jadine O'Donnell, Terry
R 96 100% 86%
Boatman, Jeff Boles, Brad
D 85 R 58 D 72 R 66 R 23
47% 70% 94% 93% 65% 60% 88% 86% 100% 100% 94% 100%
Branham, Chelsey Brewer, Denise
R 35 100% 100% R 70 100% 100% R 40 100% 100%
Caldwell, Chad Caldwell, Trey Conley, Sherrie Cornwell, Rusty
Ortega, Charles Osburn, Mike
R 52 100% 86%
R 20 100% 93%
R 62 100% 100%
100% 100% 88% 70%
Patzkowsky, Kenton R 61
100% 100% 47% 62% 100% 100% 100% 90% 59% 56% 76% 60% 100% 100% 53% 60% 100% 93% 82% 86% 88% 100% 71% 70%
Crosswhite Hader, D.
Perryman, David Pfeiffer, John Phillips, Logan Pittman, Ajay
D 56 R 38 R 24 D 99 R 15 D 34 R 21 R 36 R 42 D 46
Davis, Dean Dills, Sheila
R 98 100% 100% R 69 100% 100%
Dollens, Mickey Dunnington, Jason
D 93 D 88 R 90 R 16 R 13 D 94 D 73 R 17 R 11 R 8
41% 66% 29% 50% 94% 100% 88% 93% 100% 100% 88% 90% 88% 80% 65% 60% 47% 50% 100% 93%
Provenzano, Melissa D 79
Fetgatter, Scott Fincher, Derrel
Ranson, Trish Roberts, Dustin Roberts, Sean
Ford, Ross Frix, Avery
R 76 100% 100%
R 55 100% 86% R 59 100% 86% R 68 100% 93%
Sanders, Mike Sims, Lonnie Smith, David Sneed, Chris Stark, Marilyn Steagall, Jay Sterling, Danny
Hardin, David Hardin, Tommy Hasenbeck, Toni
R 86 100% 100%
R 18 R 14
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 90% 100% 100% 82% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 53% 53% 53% 53% 53% 60% 88% 100% 100% 100% 100% 80% 100% 100% 94% 93% 88% 100%
R 65 100% 100% R 29 100% 93%
R 100 100% 100%
R 43 R 27
R 47 R 19
100% 93% 94% 100%
Humphrey, Justin Johns, Ronny Kannady, Chris Kerbs, Dell Kiger, Lundy Lawson, Mark Lepak, Mark Loring, Ben Lowe, Jason Luttrell, Ken Manger, Robert
R 10 100% 100%
R 25 100% 100%
Talley, John Taylor, Zack
R 26 100% 93%
R 28 100% 100%
Townley, Tammy Vancuren, Mark Virgin, Emily Waldron, John Walke, Collin Wallace, Kevin
R 48 R 74 D 44 D 77 D 87 R 32 R 54 R 84 R 64 R 57 R 5
R 30 100% 100%
100% 100% 65% 83% 59% 56% 94% 93% 100% 93% 76% 79%
D 7 D 97 R 37 R 101 R 75
West, Josh West, Kevin West, Tammy
R 39 100% 100% R 80 100% 100%
Worthen, Rande Wright, Harold
McBride, Mark McCall, Charles
R 22 100% 100%
OKLAHOMA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
UNITED STATES SENATE
Senator James Lankford (R) (202) 224-5754 1015 N Broadway Ave., Suite 310 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405) 231-4941 lankford.senate.gov D.C. office: 316 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Jim Inhofe (R) (202) 224-4721 (202) 228-0380 (fax) 3817 Northwest Expressway, Suite 780 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 (405) 208-8841 (405) 604-0917 (fax) inhofe.senate.gov D.C. office: 205 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-3603
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Congressman Kevin Hern (R) District 1 (202) 225-2211 2448 East 81st St., Suite 5150
Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R) District 2
(202) 225-2701 811-A N. York St. Muskogee, OK 74403 (918) 687-2533 mullin.house.gov D.C. office: 2421 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Tulsa, OK 74137 (918) 935-3222 hern.house.gov D.C. office: 1019 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Congressman Frank Lucas (R) District 3 (202) 225-5565 10952 NW Expressway, Suite B Yukon, OK 73099 (405) 373-1958 lucas.house.gov D.C. office: 2405 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Congressman Tom Cole (R) District 4 (202) 225-6165 2424 Springer Dr., Suite 201 Norman, OK 73069
(405) 329-6500 cole.house.gov D.C. office: 2207 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (R) District 5
(202) 225-2132 bice.house.gov D.C. office: 1223 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
OKLAHOMA COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL MAP
County Line Council Rockwell Mac Arthur Meridian Portland May Pennsylvania
Western Santa Fe
High / Kelley Eastern / MLK Bryant Sunnylane Sooner Air Depot Midwest Blvd Douglas Post Westminster Anderson Hiwassee Henny Choctaw Indian Meridian Triple X Peebly Luther Dobbs Harrah Pottawatomie
GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY CHAMBER PAC
An effective, unified voice in electing pro-business candidates A primary mission of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is to continuously and successfully improve Oklahoma’s business climate to make it more attractive for economic development. The Greater OKC Chamber Political Action Committee was formed to aggressively pursue the election and re-election of pro-business candidates at the state and local levels who take a stand for Oklahoma City’s key economic development priorities. In the decade since
it was founded in 2010, the Greater OKC Chamber PAC has strengthened the Chamber’s ability to advocate on behalf of the Oklahoma City business community by contributing in excess of $500,000 to help elect pro- business candidates. The Greater OKC Chamber PAC raised a total of $109,771 during the most recent 2019-2020 election cycle. This gave the Chamber PAC the ability to contribute a total of $91,500 to pro- business candidates in every corner of the state competing in the 2019 and 2020 elections. During that cycle, the Chamber PAC made 60 contributions to candidates in state legislative and local races. Of these 60 contributions, all but one of which were made during a volatile 2020 election year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 54 were made to successful
candidates. This gave the Chamber PAC an overall winning percentage of 90%. This overall success rate clearly demonstrates the strong influence the Chamber PAC has in electing and re-electing pro-business candidates across the state who are likely to support the Chamber’s public policy agenda. The Greater OKC Chamber’s PAC’s effective and unified voice has a proven track record of success of impacting Oklahoma’s political climate and allows every business the opportunity to voice its support for electing pro-business candidates. You can be a critical part of this effort, in 2021 and beyond, by making a contribution to the Chamber PAC to ensure we continue to have the resources necessary to elect candidates who will maintain a strong focus on economic development. For more information about the Greater OKC Chamber PAC or to make a contribution, visit www.okcchamber.com/PAC or contact Mark VanLandingham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-297-8925.
Governor Kevin Stitt 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 212 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2342 www.governor.ok.gov Mansion address: 820 NE 23rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73105-7999
Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 117 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2161 www.ok.gov/ltgovpinnell
Oklahoma State Government Elections carried out by State Election Board www.ok.gov/elections (405) 521-2391
Oklahoma’s bicameral legislature is composed of 48 State Senators and 101 State Representatives. The state is divided into nine Supreme Court judicial districts, with three judges elected every two years during the general elections.
Oklahoma’s state government consists of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The executive offices are elected to four-year terms, except for members of the Corporation Commission, who are elected to staggered six- year terms.
(Names of statewide elected officials included)
Attorney General The Honorable Mike Hunter 313 NE 21st Street Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-3921 www.oag.ok.gov Auditor and Inspector The Honorable Cindy Byrd 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 123 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-3495 www.sai.ok.gov Corporation Commission The Honorable Bob Anthony The Honorable Todd Hiett The Honorable Dana Murphy 2101 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2211 www.oklahoma.gov/occ Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry 2800 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-3864 www.oda.state.ok.us Department of Commerce 900 N Stiles Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 (405) 815-6552 www.okcommerce.gov Department of Education The Honorable Joy Hofmeister 2500 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-3301 https://sde.ok.gov Department of Health 1000 NE 10th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73117 (405) 271-5600 www.oklahoma.gov/health
Department of Labor The Honorable Leslie Osborn 3017 N Stiles, Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-6100 www.ok.gov/odol Department of Public Safety 3600 N Martin Luther King Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 425-2424 www.oklahoma.gov/dps Department of Transportation 200 NE 21st St. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 522-8000 www.oklahoma.gov/odot Employment Security Commission Will Rogers Memorial Bldg. 2401 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 557-7100 www.oesc.ok.gov Insurance Department The Honorable Glen Mulready 400 NE 50th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2828 www.oid.ok.gov Office of Management and Enterprise Services Will Rogers Building 2401 N. Lincoln Blvd. Rm. 206 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2141 https://omes.ok.gov Oklahoma Development Finance Authority 9220 N Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73131 (405) 848-9761
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment 204 N Robinson Ave., Suite 1010 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405) 522-7099 www.ee.ok.gov Oklahoma Tax Commission Conners Building, Capitol Complex 2501 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73194 (405) 521-3160 www.ok.gov/tax Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102
1 (800) 652-6552 www.travelok.com Secretary of State 421 NW 13th, Suite 210/220 Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 521-3912 www.sos.ok.gov State Treasurer
The Honorable Randy McDaniel 9520 N. May Ave, Lower Level Oklahoma City, OK 73120 (405) 521-3191 www.ok.gov/treasurer Water Resources Board 3800 N Classen Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73118 (405) 530-8800 www.owrb.ok.gov Workers’ Compensation Court of Existing Claims 1915 N Stiles Ave., Suite 127 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 522-8600 cec.ok.gov *names in bold are elected officials
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