The Tulsa Regional Chamber and their OneVoice partners announced the 2016 OneVoice Legislative Agenda, setting priority issues and regional advocacy in motion for the 2016 sessions of the Oklahoma State Legislature and United States Congress.
“The OneVoice Agenda has been an influential tool in strengthen northeastern Oklahoma’s multi-facted economic, civic and business networks,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “The OneVoice Agenda is at its core a unifying platform, and one that can meld the diverse interests, perspectives and motivations of our region’s communities, businesses and municipal partners into a cohesive vision forward for our community.”
The OneVoice agenda is an annual list of ten state and ten federal priorities endorsed by chambers, counties, municipalities and educational and economic development organizations collaborating to move the Tulsa region forward.
“This annual collaboration with area Chambers, municipalities, counties, school boards, higher education institutions and community organizations to implement a strategy for legislative success continues to have a major impact on regional prosperity,” said Phil Albert, Tulsa Regional Chamber chair-elect and president of Pelco Structural, LLC. “With nearly 70 organizations endorsing this year’s OneVoice Agenda, it is clear this team effort both is significant and successful.”
The OneVoice Legislative Agenda reveal centered around four key areas: transportation, health care, workforce and education, which has remained a top OneVoice priority for many years. At the event, Representative Jadine Nollan stressed the importance of this key issues saying, “Our children and the teachers who teach them are not an expense, they are an investment.”
The Chamber began hosting taskforces in mid-June of 2015 to identify and review legislative issues in ten areas. These taskforces then presented their top three issues at the Regional Legislative Summit, more than 500 attendees worked in groups to discuss and prioritize issues. The extensive process culminates in the OneVoice Legislative Agenda, praised by legislators as an integral tool to creating success and understanding between the state legislative delegation, the Oklahoma Congressional delegation and the Tulsa region.
“This level of cooperation has strengthened the region by blending political and geographic boundaries to maintain one unified legislative force,” said Neal. “This shared agenda positively impacts each and every one of us.”
The OneVoice legislative agenda identifies both federal and state priorities and advocates for these priorities on a regular basis through events like the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Day at the Capitol and Legislative Reception (February 22 and 23) and the Tulsa Regional D.C. Fly-In (April 18-20). The Chamber also hosts monthly Capitol luncheons in Oklahoma City, legislative briefing breakfasts and distributes advocacy alerts to engage its membership in progress of priority issues. The participation of the nearly 70 regional partners in these events creates the strong, comprehensive voice the OneVoice agenda has become known for.
For more information of the 2016 OneVoice Legislative Agenda, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s legislative events, or a full list of priorities, visit TulsaChamber.com/OneVoice.
2016 OneVoice State Agenda
- Address the teacher shortage
- Expand Insure Oklahoma
- Support the building of the Gilcrease Expressway
- Support legislation to preserve and diversify sources of revenue available to municipalities
- Criminal justice reform
- Defend existing road funding and dedicate motor vehicle fees
- Modernize Oklahoma’s adult beverage laws
- Expand healthcare workforce
- Fund behavioral health and substance abuse services
- Simplify graduation requirements
2016 OneVoice Federal Agenda
- Position Tulsa for F-35 operations
- Support increased appropriations for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System
- Reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs
- Support collection of online sales/use taxes
- Expedite the implementation of the Arkansas River Corridor Project
- Continued and expanded funding for graduate medical education/residency programs
- Long-term Insure Oklahoma waiver reauthorization
- Reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act
- Federal immigration reform
- Eliminate restrictions on oil and gas exports