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May 1, 2013

Duncan residents attend SW Legislative Reception

DUNCAN — When it came to the 18th annual Southwest Legislative Reception, Duncan had a stronger showing than even some of the larger communities in attendance.

The reception, which took place Monday night in Oklahoma City, had participation from about 20 Duncan residents. The event was a project of several Southwest Oklahoma Chambers of Commerce entities.

“We had some good representation,” Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry president, said. “It was a good evening for networking.”

The event provided an opportunity for various state legislators to discuss the current legislative session. Deal said, of the items discussed, the biggest topic was Worker’s Compensation, which has been the a widely discussed topic since the beginning of the legislative session. Some of the amendments to the Worker’s Comp bill were about 1,100 pages long.

Various legislators were in attendance at the reception, including Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Gov. Mary Fallin. The legislators in charge of the local area included Rep. Dennis Johnson, Rep. Joe Dorman and Sen. Don Barrington.

“There was quite a lineup there,” Deal said. “It was quite a contingency of leaders.”

Sen. Corey Brooks and Rep. Scott Biggs were unable to attend the reception because of prior arrangements to attend the Marlow Chamber of Commerce Banquet. It was because of the banquet that the Marlow Chamber didn’t have any representation at the reception, Deal said.

Another well-discussed topic brought up at the reception was the bill to reduce income tax. Deal said, the legislative leaders seemed positive that the income tax could be reduced as quickly as 2014 and could reach it’s goal by 2016.

Because of the variety of communities represented at the reception, the topics were also widely varied. Deal said the topics included water, economic development and housing issues.

He said the evening was a great opportunity to interact with various legislators, and he was glad so many people from Duncan took the opportunity to do so.

“It was really a good evening,” Deal said.

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