OPEA’s platform serves as the basis for association activities and advocacy during the upcoming legislative session. Planks in the platform come from members and are approved at the OPEA Annual Convention and Delegate Assembly.
When a member has a good idea about legislation that would improve state employment or retirement or one that might be beneficial to implement at their agency we encourage them to send the ideas to OPEA. We also encourage ideas be submitted that would improve OPEA as an association.
“Platform planks are the great way for members to bring an idea to reality,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “For example, state employees now have two days off at Christmas because a member thought it was worth OPEA pursuing. After it was approved as a plank, OPEA went to work with legislators and got it done. The process is part of OPEA’s grassroots efforts.”
You may submit them by mail to the OPEA offices at 13 NE 28th St., Oklahoma City 73105, via email to Tom Dunning or by fax at (405) 524-4671. Please include the following information in your email or fax:
- Email Address (personal email address preferred)
- Contact Telephone Number
- Platform Plank Information: What legislation or OPEA policy would you like to achieve and your reason why this is important.
Potential planks must be received by OPEA no later than Planks must be submitted to OPEA by 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2020.
Once submitted the plank is reviewed by OPEA’s platform committee and then sent on for consideration at OPEA’s annual convention and delegate assembly (OPEA is working on how to conduct the delegate assembly this year instead of the usual two-day event”. The committee works to combine planks that may be similar and occasionally disapproves a plank that may not be consistent with OPEA’s mission.
If you have questions about the process, please call the OPEA offices at (405) 524-6764 or email your regional director.