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February 25, 2013

Legislative reception tool for collaboration

DUNCAN — Representatives from the Duncan Chamber of Commerce will be traveling to the Oklahoma History Center Tuesday to participate in the Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception.

Area chambers from Altus, Lawton, Chickasha and other nearby towns have come together to host a reception for members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate.

“This gives chambers the chance to get together and advocate a common cause,” Duncan Chamber of Commerce President Chris Deal said.

This also gives area leaders the opportunity to meet with local state officials and discuss legislation that would affect residents of Duncan.

“It keeps our lawmakers focused on Duncan and the needs of southwest Oklahoma,” he said.

The annual reception is typically held in March along with many other area receptions. Deal said last year there was three on the same date. The reception for Southwest Oklahoma has been moved to February this year with the hope that more local legislators will be able to be there.

Among the legislators expected to be there, Deal said is T.W. Shannon.

Deal said he was looking forward to being able to meet and collaborate with other members of area chambers as well as discuss legislation with state officials. Deal said state gun laws have particular interest for him as state government prepares for ways to revamp the laws having to do with schools and government buildings while coordinating them with federal laws.

“We try to watch legislation that affects Duncan Regional Hospital, the oil and gas industry, retailers and our education systems,” he said. “There is just a lot to watch for and make people aware of.”

Deal said he is also following House of Representatives Bill 1363, which is an e-commerce bill that would help protect retailers by requiring use and sales tax be paid to the state for online transactions.

“These types of laws require use taxes and sales taxes be turned over to the state,” he said.

The reception will be a come-and-go reception 5-7 p.m. Tuesday.

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