Capitol Repair Commission Should Start Work Soon

Aug 2, 2013

The renovated commission responsible for overseeing, among other things, State Capitol repairs should soon begin its work.

Oklahoma State Capitol
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John Estus, spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said the agency hopes the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission will begin its work in “late summer or early fall.”

The membership of the already existing commission and its duties were changed by HB1910, by House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) and Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa).

Under the bill, which Gov. Mary Fallin signed May 7 and that took effect July 1, the commission will create an eight-year maintenance plan for state infrastructure, including repairs to the State Capitol, and guide OMES in the liquidation of under-used assets.

The bill also directed Fallin, Shannon and Bingman to appoint three members each to the commission by Wednesday, 30 days after the bill took effect.

Shannon announced his three appointments to the commission July 10: Jerry Winchester, former Rep. Tad Jones, and John Woods.

Bingman appointed former Sen. Ted Fisher to the commission July 9 and named former Sen. Charles Ford, who has been active in securing funding for various paintings in the Capitol, and William Stava, III, to the panel July 23.

Fallin has named two of her members to the commission: Kirkland Hall and Grant Humphreys. Both were appointed July 23.

Alex Weintz, Fallin’s communications director, said of the third appointment, “We are vetting candidates and hope to have an announcement regarding a third appointee soon.”