100-year-old building needs overhaul
4:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Letter Urges Legislators To Support Capitol Building Repairs

A nine-member committee that oversees the long-term management of state buildings is urging the Legislature to support a bond issue of up to $160 million to repair the state Capitol.

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The Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission voted Thursday to send a letter to lawmakers urging support of the bond issue.

The Senate already has passed a bill authorizing up to $160 million in bonds to pay for an overhaul of the nearly 100-year-old building. That measure is pending in the House, where conservatives have rejected the idea of borrowing money.

Gov. Mary Fallin praised the commission for its support. The governor has been calling for several years for repairs to the Capitol, which has a crumbling facade and major plumbing and electrical problems.

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