As the legislative session effectively came to an end, The State Chamber thanked elected officials for improving the business climate in Oklahoma.
"When government and business leaders work together to develop solutions to pressing problems, we truly move the needle on making Oklahoma an attractive place to live, work and grow a business," said Chad Warmington, president and CEO of The State Chamber.
"We appreciate the leadership of Gov. Kevin Stitt, Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat and Speaker Charles McCall for their collaboration this session. We also want to thank the legislators who took the lead in drafting and championing bills that will have a positive impact on our state," he said.
The state Chamber was excited to see the Legislature tackle its legislative agenda, with progress made in the following areas:
- Senate Bill 789, authored by Sen. James Leewright and Rep. Kevin Wallace, to modernize the state's unemployment system and protect businesses from an automatic unemployment insurance trust fund surcharge.
- HB 1146, authored by Rep. Mike Osburn and President Pro Tem Greg Treat, to modernize the state's civil service system.
- HB 2078, authored by Rep. Kyle Hilbert and Sen. Zack Taylor, and SB 783, authored by Sen. Adam Pugh and Rep. Brad Boles, to encourage choice and accountability in all Oklahoma schools.
- SB 155, authored by Sen. Brent Howard and Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, to create a transparent judicial system through the publishing of a public docket.
- SB 131, authored by Sen. Greg McCortney and Rep. Marcus McEntire, to deliver quality and performance in Medicaid.
- SB 947, authored by Sen. Paul Rosino and Rep. Tammy West, to strengthen the state question process by providing voters with fiscal impact information.
The State Chamber is excited to see session end with so many positives, including a budget that fully funds state government, sets aside rainy-day funds and gives businesses and individuals a tax break.
The State Chamber looks forward to future sessions and making Oklahoma prosperous and successful for all its citizens.