Aerospace, Technology & Telecommunications

Aerospace Member Profile featuring Steve Hendrickson, Director, Government Operations for The Boeing Company

Issue Briefs

Aerospace Industry in Oklahoma
Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems

2017 Legislative Initiatives

State Agenda

  • Support continuance of the Engineer Tax Credits for the Aerospace Industry
  • Support development of Oklahoma's strengths and resources as a prime location for development, testing and flight of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Protect designated aviation user fees from being used for non-aviation needs and purposes
  • Support the limitation of liability for private vendors in state contracts
  • Ensure government does not use public funds to offer commercial services directly competing against private industry
  • Support initiatives to expand developing technology businesses; including software, hardware, data centers and services
  • Support educational and training pipeline initiatives, including Career Pathways, education industry partnerships and the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Communities, to encourage Oklahomans to pursue STEM careers including careers in aerospace and technology
  • Support efforts to address increasing workforce and training needs in the growing aerospace and defense maintenance, repair and overhaul and developing technological industries
  • Monitor efforts to regulate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at the state level and oppose regulations which place unnecessary burdens on the growth of the industry
  • Oppose consolidation of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission with any other state agency
  • Oppose consolidation of Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) with any other state agency
  • Support the development of a federal and/or commercial space center in Oklahoma
  • Protect a pro-investment environment to support the development of telecommunication infrastructure, including cell sites

Federal Agenda

  • Monitor efforts to regulate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at the federal level and oppose regulations which place unnecessary burdens on the growth of the industry
  • Oppose efforts to regulate Broadband Internet as a public utility
  • Support significant, long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Support the continuation of the U.S. Contract Tower Program
  • Support trade policy that enables U.S. aerospace manufacturers to compete in the global market
  • Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank
  • Support the efficient and safe integration of UAS into the national airspace
  • Support the basing of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Aircraft at the 138th Fighter Wing at the Tulsa Air National Guard base 
  • Support the establishment of a Federal and/or Commercial Space Surveillance Center in Oklahoma
  • Support the continued modernization, safety and efficiency of our nation’s Air Traffic Control system and oppose the privatization of this public safety system
  • Support Pilot’s Bill of Rights II legislation

Aerospace, Technology and Telecommunications Committee

Staff: Jennifer Lepard          Chair: Erika Lucas             Vice Chair: Robbie Squires
Purpose: To take a statewide leadership role in the protection and growth of the aerospace, technology and telecommunications industries in Oklahoma.