CHAMBER URGES SUPPORT OF CURRENT LEGISLATION
Lawton, OKLAHOMA – The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce strongly supports legislation that is beneficial to the business community, educators, and the state as a whole.
Recently two bills were passed in the House of Representatives, House Bill 1845 and House Bill 1114. HB 1845 also passed the Senate and has been signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.
HB 1845 gives Oklahomans the choice of either getting a Real ID compliant license or keeping their current Oklahoma driver’s license. HB 1114 calls for teacher pay raises across the state.
“The Chamber applauds the House for passing both bills making us Real ID compliant and taking steps to raise teacher pay,” said Chairman of the Board Mark Brace. “The Chamber absolutely supports a sustainable pay plan for our educators and is hopeful our legislators will craft a bill offering such a plan this year.”
The Chamber tracks bills at the Oklahoma Capitol every legislative session. This session the Chamber is tracking 16 bills.
Two of the bills the Chamber has monitored closely are HB 1187 and HB 1427. Both bills have passed the house and have been introduced in the Senate.
HB 1187 requires specific sunset dates on any new tax incentives. HB 1427 requires the Tax Commission to establish one field office in a state other than Oklahoma for purpose of collecting taxes owed. It allows the Commission to maintain a full time employee and not less than five out-of-state tax auditors
“Each year we survey our members when we begin putting together our Legislative Agendas,” said Jamie Southerland, Chamber Executive Vice President. “Part of the benefit we offer to our members is our ability to advocate for legislation they think is important.”
To learn more about Legislative Affairs at the Chamber go to www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com.