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Copyright 2013 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
June 6, 2013
Annual Legislative Report
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August 23rd -- 3rd Entry Cutoff for Shop Save & Win
Chamber of Commerce
Heard Rep. Earl Sears
Oklahoma Economic Recovery Ahead Of Many States (Energy Driven)
Note: This list and the entire chamber web site is outdated and a new web site is pending.

2013 Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Officers:
President -- Dr. Susan Babbitt (Collinsville Library)
President-Elect -- Teresa Brown (American Bank)
Vice President -- Wilbur Lee Tucker (Farmer's Insurance)
Secretery/Treasurer -- Cynthia Reed (Cyn-Pro Graphics)

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
Jim Dolton -- Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home
Don Hutchinson -- VVEC
Christine Wilson -- Hometown Insurance
Ron Evans -- Collinsville Education Foundation / Nifty50s
Eddie James -- Green Country Auto Sales
James Roderick -- James Roderick & Associates
Stacy Brown -- CastleRock Financial Advisors
Scott Reeves -- QuikTrip Corporation
Kent Smalygo -- Kent's Custom Cars & Trucks
President-appointed One Year Directors:
Sherry Campbell -- Custom Dental
Mark Courtney -- Miller's Sinclair
Marilyn Hardacre -- Keller-Williams Real Estate
Christina Lambert -- Too Blond Salon
Beth Ann Langston -- Home Town Real Estate
2012 President -- Bill Johnson (Collinsville News)
City Manager -- Pam Polk
Cherokee Nation -- Cara Cowan Watts
County Commissioner -- John Smaligo, Jr.
Mayor -- Herb Weaver
School Superintendent -- Terry Due
State Representative -- Earl Sears
State Senator -- Rick Brinkley
Jerry Bayless (AT&T)
Addressed Internet Access Question
Rep. Earl Sears
June Chamber Meet Speaker
Teresa Brown
Chamber President-Elect Presided
Roger Dunham
Last Month As Chamber Director
Jerry Bayless (an AT&T representative) was invited by Representative Sears to followup on a concern raised at the January 2013 chamber meet before the legislative session began. That concern was the lack of internet access to certain Collinsville rural areas. Although he did not provide specifics, Bayless indicated AT&T was "working on upgrades constantly" and has a 3 year plan in progress for $14 billion in improvements in this part of the state.
Sample topics discussed by our District 11 Oklahoma State Representative (Earl Sears):
* Oklahoma is unprepared for Obama Care ... a special session is likely as plans must be in place before it starts in 2014
* Pensions
* Crowded Prisons
* Future looks good ... keep moving Oklahoma forward
* Oklahoma has recovered quite nicely from economic downturn (energy driven) (4.7% unemployment compared to 7.9% nationally)
* Oklahoma Rainy Day Fund has $577 million now
* $7.1 billion state budget
* fund core government first (transportation, health care, foster/DHS, public education ...)
* Disagrees with elimination of state income tax but OK with planned decreases in rates
* Repair of State Capitol will be funded by a 1 year delay in state tax decrease (5.25% to 5%)
* Still working to tighten up use of tax credits and exemptions (need reviewed criteria)