The Tulsa Regional Chamber and its OneVoice Regional partners, in addition to local business and community leaders gathered in Oklahoma City this week to champion issues crucial to the quality of life and economic success of the Tulsa region through positive legislative policy. The annual event, which provides the Tulsa region with a dedicated day of legislative activities in Oklahoma City, included lobbying efforts as well as legislative updates from a number of elected officials.
The day started with a legislative leadership panel discussing the current hot topics at the Capitol and what to expect this session, especially with the significant budget shortfall facing elected officials. Education was also a major topic of day with remarks from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and an education panel discussing different strategies for raising teacher pay and the state of education in Oklahoma.
Before heading to the Capitol to advocate for the Tulsa region’s top priorities, attendees were welcomed to the state Capitol by Governor Mary Fallin where she shared some of her top initiatives for this session including criminal justice reform and the state’s growing teacher shortage.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber in partnership with all the northeast Oklahoma Chambers, hosts the Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol annually to enhance the region’s presence in Oklahoma City and reiterate the region’s priorities to legislators. After hearing from legislators, attendees lobbied their appropriate Representatives and Senators at the State Capitol, referencing key OneVoice items.
“This level of cooperation has strengthened the region by blending political and geographic boundaries to maintain one unified legislative force,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol is a day for the entire Tulsa region to travel to the Capitol and speak with one voice.”
The Chamber will also lead a group to Washington D.C. April 18-20 for the annual Tulsa Regional Washington D.C. Fly In, where attendees will lobby Oklahoma’s federal delegation regarding the top 2016 federal OneVoice agenda issues.