ACEC OKLAHOMA members, I hope everyone had a great July 4th holiday and found a way to escape the record setting heat we have been experiencing this long hot miserable July. We have been diligently working behind the scenes on our upcoming General membership meeting in Tulsa on August 24th - details and sign up is below. We have also been putting together the Annual ODOT/ACEC Partnering Conference for September 8th reception and conference September 9th in Oklahoma City. Sign up for ACEC members and ODOT officials will be coming out soon. Non-members will have an opportunity at a later date.

As a reminder, run-off elections for U.S. Senate, Labor Commissioner, Treasurer, Corporation Commissioner, U.S. Congress (CD-2) and multiple state house and senate races will appear on the ballot August 23.

The legislature continues with a special session for ARTBA approved funding. The Governor had called a special session for "inflation relief" which are tax cuts to groceries and the state income tax. The House of Representatives passed series of bills with tax cuts and the Senate has called it political theater and said they are reviewing what the House passed. The House and Senate has approved interim studies for each body respectively. They must be concluded by November 4th. September 29th, the House Transportation Committee OTA Study, will be holding a hearing on: Reviewing the Current Procedures and Design of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority by Rep. Sterling. Senator Bergstrom has an approved interim Study called-Oklahoma Turnpike Authority: What it is and what it is not. The Senate Transportation Chairman has not yet scheduled a hearing. We will be monitoring these studies very closely.

-Mike Thompson- President & CEO