Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City
OPA’s Legislative Summit is free, so all OPA members are encouraged to meet at the State Capitol on Feb. 6. We'll have a short group meeting in the 2nd floor Blue Room, then split up to visit your legislators' offices. We'll probably hear from a couple speakers in the afternoon, one of which will hopefully be Gov. Mary Fallin. Lunch will be provided by OPA in the 2nd floor Capitol rotunda area. An official schedule will be posted in January.
Did you know? A survey of legislators showed the most effective contact with them is a personal visit. An email ranks fourth; a phone call ranks fifth. Legislators listen to people that make the time to come to the capitol and express their concerns. Every organization, including those that oppose newspaper interests, go to the capitol to demonstrate commitment to their legislative goals and desires. Those voices must be offset by the presence of newspaper publishers and editors at the capitol early in the legislative session.
Term limits guarantee a constant turnover of legislative power and elected officials. Newly elected legislators need to be visited at the capitol by their local newspaper to make sure there is an established relationship that can be called upon when it is time to vote on issues critical to our industry. Newspapers have several important legislative principles we support and defend, including First Amendment issues, Freedom of Information issues, and business issues affecting newspapers, such as public notice, taxation of advertising and circulation, workers’ compensation reform, etc.
Cost: $0 but please register in advance. Lunch is included.
We hope to see you there.