State Chamber Research Foundation Unveils 2019 OK2030 Plan
For far too long, Oklahoma has scored near the bottom of key national rankings essential to our state’s economic future. Our state is primed for transformation. But different results won’t occur without different policies and approaches. Understanding the need for change, the business community set out in 2017 to develop a comprehensive plan for elevating Oklahoma’s standing by the year 2030.

After gathering input from across the state, we released the OK2030 vision plan, a set of reforms to dramatically improve our state’s economy, workforce, business climate and overall quality of life. The visionary reforms in the OK2030 plan are designed to accelerate Oklahoma’s progress, improve performance and secure Oklahoma’s long-term competitive viability. Since the policy landscape is constantly changing, we are providing this 2019 update to the plan.

This update reflects the legislative victories we’ve already achieved and additional input from the 2018 Regional Forums in Tulsa, Enid, Bartlesville, Chickasha, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. Together with the State Chamber, we continue to call for these long-overdue reforms to fix the stagnation, dysfunction and inefficiencies that are holding our state back.

Please join us in urging our state’s leadership to implement these essential, forward-thinking reforms. Learn more about the OK2030 strategic plan and follow our progress at www.OK2030.org.

2018 Health Rankings Released
The United Health Foundation released its 29 th Annual America’s Health Rankings Report, which offers insights into each state’s health status. The model used to calculate each state’s rank uses determinants of health that directly influences health outcomes. The four categories of determinants include: Behaviors, Community & Environment, Policy and Clinical Care.

Unfortunately, Oklahoma experienced the largest rank decline dropping 4 spots to 47 th in 2018. While Oklahoma’s ranking highlighted some of the state’s strengths (low prevalence of excessive drinking, high rate of mental health providers and low prevalence of low birthweight), the challenges facing Oklahoma’s health status are stark: high percentage of uninsured lives, high cardiovascular death rate and high prevalence of physical inactivity. Nationwide, the report found increases in obesity and chronic disease, as well as mental health concerns. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Utah round out the top 5 healthiest states, and Louisiana ranks 50 th.

The review the full report, click here.

Contact: Emily Shipley
Health Board Sends Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards to Governor
On Tuesday, the state health board voted to approve safety standards for medical marijuana processors as it relates to cannabis-infused foods. The recommendations came from the Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards Board, created upon the passage of SQ 788, and are now being sent to the Governor for her approval.

Before voting on the new recommendations, the state board of health first checked with the Attorney General's office to ensure the rules wouldn't exceed the group's authority. While Hunter concluded SQ 788 makes specific requests of processors, further changes to the law should come from the Legislature.

To read more on this story, click here .

Contact Adria Berry
How to Survive a Wage & Hour Investigation
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division is providing a free seminar to assist employers with compliance issues. The seminar will explain the role of the Wage and Hour Division, its enforcement of federal labor laws and common violations to avoid. The presentation will also cover common questions related to overtime, exemptions, minimum wage, record keeping and more. 

Event Details:
December 18, 2018 (9:30 am – Noon)
SOKC Library – Room A-B
2201 SW 134 th St / Oklahoma City, OK 73170

Employers and representatives from all industries are encouraged to attend. Advance registration is not required but is recommended since seating is limited. Register today or contact parker.jessica@dol.gov for more information. 
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Our Event Sponsorship Program offers pre-purchased registrations to our four membership-wide annual events (Legislative Reception, Annual Meeting, Golf Classic at Karsten Creek and Public Affairs Forum) plus recognition as an event sponsor at these events.

It's a great way to get your company's name in front of hundreds of Oklahoma's most distinguished business leaders.

Click here  for more information or if you have additional questions, please contact Emily Duren .
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