Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Board Approves 2000 Legislative Agenda

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Board Approves 2000 Legislative Agenda

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OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- The State Chamber's board of directors on Monday approved a legislative agenda for 2000 that includes a plan to provide tax relief for small business.

The agenda approved at the annual meeting at the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel includes a "Growth Plan for Oklahoma Businesses" to provide tax relief for small firms. The legislative agenda was determined primarily by issues raised by member businesses. About 1,400 businesses, 62 trade associations and 91 local chambers of commerce are members of The State Chamber, which also serves as Oklahoma's Manufacturers Association.

Chamber lobbyists will support a significant reduction in the annual vehicle registration fee and the motor vehicle excise tax rate, and continued reduction of Oklahoma's individual income tax.

The group also will seek revisions in the way Oklahoma's corporate income taxes are figured to make the state more competitive with surrounding states.

The State Chamber also plans a continued push to provide relief from Oklahoma's inheritance tax structure with the goal of making Oklahoma a federal "pick-up" state and provide relief for collateral heirs.

In agri-business, the group will encourage the development of value-added cooperatives and incentives for value-added industries to grow and locate in Oklahoma.

The State Chamber will support efforts to address the infrastructure and payment reimbursement problems of Oklahoma's rural hospitals. It will also support economic development efforts to revitalize rural Oklahoma.

The group said it will oppose legislation that exposes health plans and any employer who provides health care coverage for their employees to open-ended legal liability.

Continued work to reform Oklahoma's law on joint liability also is on the agenda.

The Legislative Agenda for Education will be adopted after the Tri-Chamber Task Force on Education finalizes its priorities for the 2000 session. …

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