2015 Legislative Policies
Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
2015 Legislative Agenda
The Chamber has a long history of promoting a sound business climate that allows Oklahoma companies to compete globally with other businesses. The Chamber will represent the interests of sound policy that allows businesses to compete globally, to hire more workers, and expand in southern Oklahoma.
Key Legislative Principles:
- Support economic development incentives that create and maintain jobs and investment in Oklahoma.
- Encourage the revitalization of rural Oklahoma, including efforts to meet housing demand to keep pace with economic development and workforce needs.
- Support policies that will grow and support our technology and knowledge based industries.
- Support tax reform that grows both our local and state economy and is fair to business.
- Ensure a predictable and reliable state tax policy for continued exploration, production and refinement of Oklahoma oil and natural gas, while also supporting policies that encourage greater development and use of those resources.
- Support the development of alternative energy resources to complement the use and development of oil and natural gas.
- Oppose unnecessary legislative or regulatory intrusion into the energy industry.
- Support efforts to enhance and protect the workers’ compensation reforms.
- Continue to develop changes in Oklahoma’s civil justice system that will make it more responsive to the needs of business.
Workforce Development & Education
- Support development of a healthy and skilled workforce.
- Support funding for Oklahoma’s career technology and higher education campuses to ensure affordable tuition for our citizens and encourage the growth of jobs and our economy.
- Support the development and legislative approval of new, rigorous standards that encourage critical thinking, innovation and ensure that every child is college and career ready upon graduation. Ensure that the business community is represented in the development of the standards.
- Ensure that Oklahoma water laws, policies and regulations meet the needs of southern Oklahoma’s citizens, assure adequate water supplies meet the future requirements of business and industry and do not limit opportunity for growth and development.
Infrastructure and Transportation
- Support the improvement and maintenance of the state’s transportation infrastructure and protect the dedicated funding for improvements.
- Support the retention of viable employer-sponsored health care and encourage efforts to provide stability in the health insurance market.
- Support efforts to enhance the access and affordability of health care thereby increasing the number of those retaining insurance.
- Broaden the Insure Oklahoma program to provide health insurance to more of the state’s uninsured.
- Support and promote efforts to recruit/retain health care professionals to rural areas in Oklahoma.