Representative Chad Caldwell

Hi, I'm Chad Caldwell and I represent the people of Oklahoma's 40th District.


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Feb 20, 2024
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Tax Exemption for Hearing Aids Passes Subcommittee

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, on Monday won unanimous passage of a bill that would remove sales tax on hearing aids. House Bill 3912 establishes a sales tax exemption for hearing aid devices that include behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and in-the-canal aid devices. "This is just common sense," Caldwell said. "We shouldn't be taxing health care. You don't pay tax when you visit the doctor or even when you pay for prescription medications. Those with hearing loss should not have to pay tax on top of the purchase of a hearing aid." Caldwell said the cost of hearing aids can stretch into the thousands, and the cost has increased in recent years. Removing the tax would provide a significant savings for Oklahomans who otherwise might put off the purchase of the devices. The bill passed 9-0 in the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Finance, Revenue and Taxation. It now moves to the full A&B Committee for consideration. 

Nov 7, 2023
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Rep. Chad Caldwell Supports Gov.'s Sports Betting Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, today praised Gov. Kevin Stitt's plan to bring sports betting to Oklahoma. "I wholeheartedly support the governor's plan for sports betting in Oklahoma. As someone who has worked on this topic for some time, I recognize the governor’s proposal is an important step in what I’m sure will be a lengthy process. The governor's plan is an equitable one that benefits all Oklahomans, making it fairer and more inclusive than our current gaming system. By opening the industry to all companies, we are not only embracing new sources of revenue, but also joining thirty-five other states who are already taking advantage of the benefits that come with sports betting. I firmly believe this is a win-win for the state and the tribes, and I look forward to working with Governor Stitt and our tribal partners in the upcoming session to advance legislation for the betterment of our great state.” Gov. Stitt released details of his plan Nov. 2. His plan would allow Oklahomans to place in-person bets at gaming sites operated by federally recognized tribes, protecting tribal investments in brick-and-mortar facilities in the process. It would also allow Oklahomans to place bets on their mobile devices on sportsbooks licensed by the state. Additionally, the plan protects Oklahoma’s student-athletes by prohibiting prop betting and bets on individual student-athlete performance. The governor’s plan prohibits wagers on the individual performance of student-athletes, coaches, referees, player injuries, and prop bets at the college level. With that said, the Governor is actively awaiting input from the NCAA and athletic conferences that impact Oklahoma to see how they choose to regulate the industry. Mobile wagering will be conducted by organizations licensed by the State of Oklahoma, taxed at a 20% rate, and bets may be accepted from anywhere in the state. An initial licensing fee for participating organizations of $500,000 will be required, in addition to a $100,000 annual fee. Pursuant to updated tribal gaming compacts, retail wagering can be conducted by federally recognized tribes, taxed at a 15% rate, and bets will only be accepted in person. A fact sheet on Governor Stitt's sports betting plan can be found here .

Feb 14, 2023
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Curriculum Transparency Portal Bill Passes Subcommittee

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that would require the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to create a website allowing parents and others to review and comment on curriculum, textbooks, and library materials used at their local schools passed the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Education on Monday. House Bill 2077 is authored by Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid. "As the conversation continues to be about what is being taught to children in our public schools, this seemed a commonsense solution," Caldwell said. "Let's make all curriculum and lessons publicly available through a centralized database while lessening the burden on our teachers and our schools." Caldwell explained to committee members that currently if a parent has a question about a book or material being taught in their child's classroom, the school typically holds a one-on-one meeting with them to answer questions or allow for the review of material. The website created in his legislation would create one place where parents or other community members could see the material being taught by grade level in their local school, and would allow them to comment publicly on the material. "This is about empowering parents," Caldwell said. "But it in no way dictates what the content should be, and it doesn't change any policies. Schools will still have the freedom to choose what curriculum they select and what books they carry in the library. But that will now be more easily accessible to the public." The bill specifies that the website created must include an easy-to-use interface for school district employees to upload content. It must also allow for public and private comment by users with real-time processing of comments, reviews, and feedback. Caldwell said it will be up to the OSDE working with schools to determine policies regarding how public comments will be addressed. HB2077 is now eligible to be considered by the full House A&B Committee. -END-