The Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has adopted its Legislative Agenda for 2013. The agenda addresses federal, state and local issues. The fifteen subject areas include water supply, transportation, energy, healthcare, small business, labor, workers compensation and education. The issues are those the chamber board of directors believes most directly affect chamber members and the community of Bartlesville.
The twelve-member Public Policy Committee began work on the agenda in September. Committee discussions included meetings with city, county and education officials from Rogers State University, Tri County Technology Center and Bartlesville Public Schools. Committee members contributed expertise in their roles as business owners or employees in areas of healthcare, banking, finance and ranching.
According to committee chairman Julie Daniels, some issues like additional water supply are very specific in their call for legislative action, while others like taxation simply state support for further reductions in state income tax rates. "After years of study and collaboration with our federal elected officials we know precisely what steps are needed to achieve affordable additional water supply for our area. On the other hand, committee members expressed a range of opinions on state revenue and taxation so we adopted a more general statement on that issue," said Daniels.
The 2013 Chamber Legislative Agenda will be distributed to officeholders and used to advocate for or against legislative action. It includes an endorsement of the Oklahoma State Chamber Agenda for Jobs and Key Legislative Principles. Click here to download the agenda.
John B. Kane