The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce is continuously working on behalf of its members on public policy and advocacy issues, providing the business and economic development communities a voice in government and keeping public officials in touch with the concerns of area employers. We deliver your message every day, promoting business-friendly policies that keep you in business and giving your company an advantage over companies in other communities.
2017 Legislative Agendas
The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce has adopted 2017 Legislative Agendas for both the State Legislature and Congress. To view these agendas, click here.
2017 "This Week in Topeka" Legislative Reports - click here
Chamber urges continued support by City of Overland Park of public/private investment
During an Overland Park City Council budget hearing on August 7, 2017, Chamber President Tracey Osborne presented a letter from the Chamber Board of Directors that reinforces the business community's support for public investment for infrastructure, public safety and job creation. The letter included numerous examples of public/private partnerships through the years exemplifying why the City's history of investing in job creation and economic growth has led to a community where businesses and residents want to locate and invest.
"While it's politically popular to talk about 'corporate welfare' or 'winners and losers,' this investment, the way Overland Park applies it, has been a win-win all around," Osborne emphasized. "As the voice of business, we pledge our continued support and partnership in our mutual missions to create jobs and enhance our quality of life amenities. We encourage and endorse continued public investment in Overland Park's infrastructure, public safety and economic development."
To read the Chamber Board's letter to the City Council, click here.
MEMBER ALERT: 2017 Kansas Legislature Changes State Income Tax Law
The 2017 Kansas Legislature passed a bill that makes major changes in the state’s income tax law that may impact local businesses and necessitate additional or new tax planning. Chamber members are encouraged to consult with their tax attorney or CPA for specific advice as to how these changes impact their business and what steps they should take as a result of the new law. For a brief outline of these changes, click here.
Coalition of Chambers of Commerce in Kansas release series of position statements
At the beginning of the 2017 Kansas Legislative Session, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, as part of a coalition of chambers of commerce from across Kansas representing more than 13,000 businesses, presented legislators with a series of position statements. The statements from the Coalition of Local Chambers advocate for policies the coalition members believe create a strong economy, a qualified and nimble workforce, a sustainable infrastructure and ultimately a quality of life that retains the best and brightest and attracts businesses and talent to Kansas. The individual statements focus on economic development, higher education, KanCare/Medicaid, K-12 school funding, taxation, and transportation and infrastructure.
To read the position statements, click the following links:
Transportation and Infrastructure
Legislative Voting Records
After each legislative session, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce compiles a Kansas Legislative Session Final Report, a summary of how Johnson County legislators voted on issues identified by the Chamber as vital to enhancing business and quality of life attributes - education, transportation and economic development.
To view the 2017 Voting Record, click here.
To view Lifetime Voting Records of current Kansas Senators and Representatives, click here.
To view the Voting Record from previous years, click here.
Government Officials Directory - click here
Joint Statement on State Funding for Public Schools
On June 16, 2016, the Overland Park Chamber joined other chambers of commerce and public school superintendents in Johnson County to release a statement on equalization of school funding in Kansas. To read the statement, click here.
Overtime Pay Rule from the Department of Labor
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor issued its new overtime pay rule (Final Rule) that updates the salary and compensation levels required for the executive, administrative and professional overtime pay exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. To read more about this issue, click here.
In February 2012, the Overland Park Chamber Foundation released the results of a community scan of Johnson County voters and businesses. Conducted by Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies, the scan included a telephone survey of 800 registered voters in Johnson County and an online survey of 693 Johnson County business representatives. Major themes emerged from the survey indicating that, despite the difficult economy of the past several years, Johnson Countians still believe quality of life issues are important to the success of our community. For more information and the results of this scan, click here.
For more information about the Chamber's advocacy efforts, contact Tom Robinett, Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy, at (913) 766-7602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.