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Message from the Chair...................... page 4 Government Relations Staff...............page 5 2022 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
The key ingredient to Oklahoma City’s success in the last three years is the cooperative and collaborative spirit that inhabits our civic interactions. Instead of looking for blame or fault, we look for a solution, a way forward, an answer. That attitude of always looking for what’s next and how we can get there together is not just present in Oklahoma City but throughout Oklahoma and should be a hallmark of this year’s legislative session. Cooperation is vital as we work on both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the COVID pandemic. Whether it is an issue of workforce shortages, educational attainment, or finding the best and most appropriate ways to invest in infrastructure and recovery dollars, working together is going to be critical to our success. There has never been a more important time to be present and active in the affairs of our state. The Chamber has been the voice for Oklahoma City’s business community for more than 130 years and the primary visionary organization for our region. Together, we speak with a loud voice, but we cannot just speak as one. Your individual engagement with elected officials is critical to the strength and influence of the business community. I want to personally encourage you as one of our valued business leaders to begin or continue the dialogue with your respective elected officials and express to them the importance of enacting or supporting legislation that will strengthen and safeguard our diverse and vibrant business sectors. To help you in your interactions with those elected officials, the Chamber is providing this 2022 Public Policy Guide as a reference tool. This valuable resource provides pertinent information, including contact information for every elected official within our region and other useful information, that you will need to make your voice heard on issues that matter most to you and your business. As we move into the legislative season, the Chamber will keep you up to date on issues of importance to the business community. I encourage you to follow the Chamber’s social media accounts and stay current through our legislative alerts. Make sure your legislator knows the issues important to you and to our community’s future.
SEAN TRAUSCHKE Chair, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Chairman, President & CEO, OGE Energy Corp.
Business Advocacy Center The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Center at OKCBusinessAdvocate.com makes staying informed 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 most to business. Together, we can build a stronger business climate for the Greater Oklahoma City region. BE A BUSINESS ADVOCATE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark VanLandingham Sr. Vice President, Government Relations 405.297.8925 email@example.com
Sarah Barton Government Relations Executive Assistant 405.297.8922 firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Sparks Sr. Manager, Government Relations 405.297.8933 email@example.com
Drew Dugan, CCE Vice President, Education 405.297.8940 firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
County Government Reform The Chamber supports empowering Oklahoma counties to alter their form of government to meet their unique needs. Vaccine Mandates The Chamber supports allowing each company/ business to determine whether to mandate vaccinations for its employees. 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 using public rights of way and facilities within the rights of way • Supports working with stakeholders to adopt common sense protections regarding data privacy American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 The Chamber will work with the City of Oklahoma City, the State Fairgrounds and other stakeholders to pursue state ARPA funding for economic development and other appropriate projects in central Oklahoma. Legal Reform The Chamber supports the following legal reforms: • Continuing to ensure public and private nuisance laws are not misused/expanded. • 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.
• 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 will support efforts to reinstate the Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes.
Business Improvement Districts The Chamber supports protecting the current form of business improvement districts as established in 11 OK Stat § 11-39-101 (2014). The continued viability and effectiveness of these districts is critical to current and future economic development efforts in Oklahoma municipalities. 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. 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
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. Treatment of Limited Conditions by Pharmicists The Chamber supports building upon successful efforts by pharmacists during the pandemic to test and initiate treatment for COVID-19 by permitting them to also test and initiate treatment for conditions such as flu, strep, UTI, athlete’s foot, pink eye and head lice.
improvements to reduce fines and fees, enhance workforce opportunities and increase public safety; and 4) securing additional treatment funding. Medical Marijuana 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. The Chamber supports legislation to address issues related to the state’s medical marijuana industry, including: 1) unlicensed growers/black market sales; 2) illegal land purchases; 3) damaging use of pesticides; and 4) uncontrolled water use. Pension Reform The Chamber supports protecting the pension reforms which have improved the long-term fiscal condition of the state. Water 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.
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.
2022 EDUCATION ANDWORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES STATE ISSUES
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. 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. We also support ongoing funding to enable schools to achieve targeted classroom sizes. Teacher Preparation, Recruitment and Retention Oklahoma has a teacher shortage. Oklahoma needs to improve our teacher preparation pipeline systems to train, attract and retain more 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, that enhance the diversity of the teaching profession • Provide additional pre- and post-school year training for alternatively certified teachers • Support specialized training initiatives such as the Foundation for OKCPS Bilingual & Diversity
Teacher Pipeline program and UCO’s Urban Teacher Preparation Academy • Increase access to STEM education and training opportunities 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. Learning Loss Due to the Pandemic The Chamber acknowledges challenges of the pandemic, including remote learning and technology access, led to learning loss for many students. We know that prior to the pandemic not enough students were achieving advanced or proficient test scores and 2020-21 test scores indicate lower performance. It is urgent to dramatically improve learning at all levels. The Chamber supports sustained help for additional and enhanced learning opportunities that utilize recognized best practices. We believe it is important to help students catch-up by having more time on-task, including longer school days and additional instruction days. 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
Mental Health Needs Oklahoma students face a high level of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We support initiatives to address the mental and behavioral health of students. This includes new programs 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 individuals 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 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 to generate private, federal and foundation revenue. We urge the higher education system to pursue significant reform to better meet employer needs. The business community supports the following reforms:
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 ensuring that all public schools are funded equitably, and charter schools have access to funding for infrastructure and facilities. 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 budget request. Specialty Schools We support state funding for schools that target the specific needs of students experiencing homelessness. This includes 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 step including getting vaccinated.
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 work-based learning opportunities such as internships and apprenticeship programs FEDERAL ISSUES Removing Red Tape for Child Nutrition The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recognizes that federal nutrition programs play a key role in keeping children in the Oklahoma City metro fed. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act hasn’t been updated in over a decade. The Chamber supports removal of red tape and continued flexibility to feed children safely and efficiently.
• Higher education funding specifically directed to produce graduates with degrees in Critical Occupations such as engineering, nursing and IT/ software • Increased accountability and annual metrics that motivates institutions to increase the number of graduates in Critical Occupation degrees by 20% within four years • Innovative approaches to curriculum and degree offerings, such as reducing non-critical occupation degree programs and creation of non-degree programs/certificates that create a workforce with needed skills • Efforts to maximize funding through consolidation and sharing of services, programs and instructors • New partnerships between four-year institutions, CareerTechs and community colleges that enable schools to share resources, staff and facilities 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.
2022 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 dialogue and efforts to most effectively address the state’s total health care needs on a system-wide basis. The Chamber supports protecting the current Medicaid
Oklahoma City-County Health Department The Chamber supports local public health efforts/ responses and the independence of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. 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
supplemental payments or equivalent programs to our state’s medical schools and their hospital partners to ensure uninterrupted funding for medical education and the other unique services each provide. Insure Oklahoma The Chamber supports continued efforts to protect, preserve and further improve Employer Sponsored Insurance (ESI) offered under Insure Oklahoma.
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 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 further
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.
opposes legislation that would interfere with an employer’s 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 and Nursing 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; 2) expanding residency programs for the state’s medical schools; and 3) strengthening the health care workforce by expanding nursing schools and training programs. The Chamber supports efforts to identify new funding streams dedicated to these initiatives. The Chamber also supports the 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. Health Care Funding The Chamber supports protecting existing health care revenue and opposes cuts to the state Medicaid budget that would increase the burden of uncompensated care and shift costs to employers and health care providers. The Chamber further supports a stable funding and tax structure for the health care industry to promote optimal care delivery and innovation. Wellness/Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan The Chamber supports the following state initiatives including wellness, disease prevention and care programs that serve to improve the physical,
FEDERAL ISSUES 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.
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 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, on a non-medical basis, as a protected class in state employment law.
2022 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
appropriate locations to enhance safety and access. 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. The Chamber supports the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) conversion to a cashless toll system that will serve to enhance safety, increase travel time reliability, allow passage of high/wide loads and generate economic development. 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.
transportation system. State Turnpike Plan
The Chamber supports ongoing robust efforts to develop a highly effective and viable state turnpike system, including construction of new access points at
Infrastructure Tax The Chamber opposes legislation to place
Revolving Fund to meet citizen demand for public transit. The Chamber supports the implementation of ODOT’s Long Range Transit Plan through the Office of Mobility
disproportionate taxes or unnecessary regulations on infrastructure/materials/construction that would have a negative impact on Chamber-supported transportation projects and economic development. 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 allocated into the State of Oklahoma’s Public Transit
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
MUNICIPAL ISSUES Oklahoma River Bridges
Flyer Amtrak service to Fort Worth, Texas. Moreover, the Chamber supports ongoing efforts by ODOT to negotiate with 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 on the Amtrak system. Furthermore, the Chamber supports designation of the Oklahoma City-Newton, KS line as a national Amtrak route. This would strategically address a significant gap in the national Amtrak rail system map and assist with Federal/State burden/cost- sharing to help ensure the viability of passenger rail. 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. Autonomous Vehicles The Chamber supports creation of a regulatory environment that makes Oklahoma a leader in safely using autonomous vehicles and does so without restricting their deployment and further innovation. 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 those 8-17 years of age to wear seat belts while being transported in the back seat.
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: • 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. 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.
FEDERAL ISSUES Surface Transportation Funding
The Chamber ultimately supports adequate funding for a multi-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program, with continuation of a responsible formula allocation to the states. 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, RAISE, bus and bus facilities grants. Mike Monroney Center (FAA)/Associated Federal Agencies The Chamber supports the continued viability of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center as a strategically important national asset for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and further supports the continuation of its other essential federal government activities in the state. 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. National Air Quality Standards Ground-level ozone concentrations in the OKC area have been high and the region runs a significant risk of violating federal air quality standards (National Ambient Air Quality Standards – NAAQS). Therefore, the Chamber supports maintaining NAAQS at their current level and will oppose any efforts to make them more stringent, which could result in severe negative economic impacts in our region. 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.
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. OKC Streetcar The Chamber supports efforts to ensure the 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.
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 2021, 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: Keeping Guns Out of Concerts at Scissortail Park (HB 2645); Providing Liability Protections to Move Forward Regional Transit Initiatives (SB 967); Extending Oklahoma Quality Events Act to 2026 (HB 1121); Clarifying and Modifying Aerospace Engineering Tax Credit (SB 893); Charter School Funding Provided From Medical Marijuana Taxes (SB 229); and Modifying and Extending Local Development Act/Ad Valorem Exemption (SB 609). See all scoring criteria at okcchamber.com/scorecard. The following charts represent the voting records for State House and Senate members based on the issues identified by the Chamber and RIED for 2021. 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
94% 93% 82% 66% 88% 100% RIED OKC
R 4 R 1 D 16 D 44 R 6 R 5
52% 76% 82% 100% 76% 56% 85% 90% 94% 100% 73% 90%
Leewright, James R 12 Matthews, Kevin D 11 McCortney, Greg R 13
Merrick, Jake R 22 60% 91% Montgomery, John R 32 100% 100% Murdock, Casey R 27 82% 80% Newhouse, Joe R 25 70% 76% Paxton, Lonnie R 23 88% 97% Pederson, Roland R 19 85% 79% Pemberton, Dewayne R 9 97% 100% Pugh, Adam R 41 94% 100% Quinn, Marty R 2 88% 100% Rader, Dave R 39 100% 100% Rogers, Cody R 37 88% 93% Rosino, Paul R 45 88% 100% Simpson, Frank R 14 100% 100% Standridge, Rob R 15 76% 90% Stanley, Brenda R 42 100% 100% Stephens, Blake R 3 100% 100% Taylor, Zack R 28 88% 93% Thompson, Roger R 8 91% 93% Treat, Greg R 47 91% 100% Weaver, Darrell R 24 100% 100% Young, George D 48 82% 70%
Brooks, Michael Bullard, David Burns, George Coleman, Bill Dahm, Nathan Daniels, Julie
R 10 100% 100%
R 29 82% 100% R 18 100% 100%
David, Kim Dossett, JJ
D 34 88% 76% Dossett, Jo Anna D 35 88% 80% Dugger, Tom R 21 97% 100% Floyd, Kay D 46 88% 80% Garvin, Jessica R 43 91% 93% Hall, Chuck R 20 82% 93% Hamilton, Warren R 7 58% 70% Haste, John R 36 100% 100% Hicks, Carri D 40 88% 80% Howard, Brent R 38 67% 100% Jech, Darcy R 26 100% 100% Jett, Shane R 17 67% 80% Kidd, Chris R 31 100% 100% Kirt, Julia D 30 88% 73%
Oklahoma House of Representatives Representative Party District
RIED OKC Representative
88% 90% 97% 90% 97% 90% 61% 80% 97% 90% 88% 90% 97% 83% 82% 76% 88% 69% 79% 90% 55% 63% 94% 93% 91% 97% 82% 86% 91% 80% 85% 79% 70% 76% 82% 90% 100% 90% 88% 90% 94% 100% 91% 90% 76% 76% 100% 83% 82% 83% 76% 76% 94% 90% 88% 80% 82% 83% RIED OKC
Baker, Rhonda Bashore, Steve Bell, Merleyn Bennett, Forrest Blancett, Meloyde
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McDugle, Kevin McEntire, Marcus
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Miller, Nicole Mize, Garry
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Moore, Anthony Munson, Cyndi
Nichols, Monroe Nollan, Jadine O’Donnell, Terry
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Caldwell, Chad Caldwell, Trey Conley, Sherrie Cornwell, Rusty
Osburn, Mike Pae, Daniel
Pfeiffer, John Phillips, Logan Pittman, Ajay
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Cruz, Jose Culver, Bob Davis, Dean
D 99 D 79
R R R R R
Provenzano, Melissa Randleman, Randy
Ranson, Trish Roberts, Dustin Roberts, Eric Roberts, Sean
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Dobrinski, Mike Dollens, Mickey
83 36 42
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90 16 76
Ford, Ross Frix, Avery
Russ, Todd Sims, Lonnie Smith, David Sneed, Chris Stark, Marilyn Steagall, Jay
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Hardin, David Hardin, Tommy Hasenbeck, Toni
86 49 65 29 47 19 25
Stearman, Wendi Sterling, Danny Stinson, Preston
27 96 10 33 48
Strom, Judd Talley, John
91% 90% 97% 90% 97% 90% 82% 80% 88% 90% 82% 83% 88% 80% 85% 83% 88% 86% 91% 83% 82% 93% 42% 70% 100% 90% 88% 90% 94% 90% 88% 76%
Humphrey, Justin Johns, Ronny Kannady, Chris Kendrix, Gerrid
Townley, Tammy Turner, Mauree Vancuren, Mark Virgin, Emily Waldron, John Walke, Collin Wallace, Kevin
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Lawson, Mark Lepak, Mark Lowe, Dick Lowe, Jason Luttrell, Ken Manger, Robert
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West, Josh West, Kevin West, Rick
West, Tammy Williams, Danny
84 28 95
R R R R R
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McBride, Mark McCall, Charles
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 Bldg. 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 Bldg. 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 Tulsa, OK 74137 (918) 935-3222 hern.house.gov D.C. office: 1019 Longworth House Office Bldg. 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 Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515
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 Bldg. 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 Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515
Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (R) District 5 (202) 225-2132 500 N. Broadway, Suite 250 Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 300-6890 bice.house.gov D.C. office: 1223 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515
OKLAHOMA COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL MAP
H a r r a h D o b b s L u t h e r P e e b l y T r i p l e X I n d i a n M e r i d i a n C h o c t a w H e n n e y H i w a s s e e A n d e r s o n W e s t m i n s t e r P o s t D o u g l a s M i d w e s t B l v d A i r D e p o t S o o n e r C o l t r a n e B r y a n t E a s t e r n / M L K H i g h / K e l l e y S a n t a F e W e s t e r n P e n n s y l v a n i a M a y P o r t l a n d M e r i d i a n M a c A r t h u r R o c k w e l l C o u n c i l C o u n t y L i n e M o r g a n S a r a M u s t a n g P i e d m o n t
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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 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 support the Chamber’s
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 nearly $550,000 to help elect pro-business candidates. The Greater OKC Chamber PAC raised a total of $109,771 during the 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 those 60 contributions, 54 were made to successful candidates. This gave the Chamber PAC an overall winning percentage of 90%. This success demonstrates the 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. Although 2021 was an off year for state elections, the Chamber PAC participated heavily in local city council and school board elections. The Greater OKC Chamber’s PAC’s effective and unified voice has a proven track record of impacting Oklahoma’s political climate and provides every business the opportunity to voice its support for electing pro-business candidates. You can be a critical part of this effort in 2022 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 email@example.com or 405-297-8925.
Governor Kevin Stitt 2300 N Lincoln Blvd. Room 212 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2342 oklahoma.gov/governor 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.
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