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9:25 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Builders To Outline Strategy In Repairs To Oklahoma Capitol

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol to prevent pedestrians from being struck by falling chunks of limestone.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Officials from a Tulsa-based construction company plan to outline their strategy for repairing Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old state Capitol to members of a legislative oversight committee.

Administrators from Manhattan Construction Co. will appear before the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee on Thursday. Afterward, committee members will discuss their options for phasing in repairs to the interior of the Capitol.

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Oklahoma News
3:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Capitol Building Renovation Panel Wants More Time To Complete Review

A nine-member panel charged with overseeing a $120 million renovation of the Oklahoma Capitol wants more time for a detailed investigation of the 100-year-old building's interior needs.

The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay until December 2015 the due date for a final report on the building's interior.

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State Capitol
10:21 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Oral Arguments Set For Capitol Repair Challenge

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee is set to hear arguments at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about whether a planned $120 million bond issue for improvements to the Capitol building should proceed.

Oral arguments are scheduled to take place Tuesday before Supreme Court Referee Greg Albert, who will compile a report and forward it to the full court.

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Arts and Entertainment
5:37 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmakers Tour Kansas Capitol While Supreme Court Decides If Bond Issue Is Constitutional

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Officials in Oklahoma are getting some tips from their counterparts in Kansas before launching a multi-year, multi-million dollar restoration project on Oklahoma's 100-year-old state Capitol.

More than a dozen Oklahoma lawmakers and managers of the Capitol restoration project traveled to Topeka, Kansas, this week to examine that state's Capitol, where this year a nearly $330 million, 13-year restoration project was completed.

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Politics and Government
4:48 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

State's High Court To Review Capitol Repair Decision

A decision to repair the state capitol building faces judicial review.

Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority members voted unanimously Monday to seek the Oklahoma State Supreme Court’s validation of the legislation authorizing a bond issue to fund improvements to the State Capitol.

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Politics and Government
4:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument To Stay On State Capitol Grounds

An Oklahoma County judge says a granite monument of the Ten Commandments can stay on the grounds of the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Credit bungasagadue / Flickr.com

 

An Oklahoma County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

District Judge Thomas Prince granted Friday the motion filed by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission.

The lawsuit alleged the monument violates the state constitution's ban against using public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which filed the lawsuit last year, say they will appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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State Capitol
9:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

OCIA Begins Capitol Bond Process Monday

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol to keep pedestrians safe from the possibility of falling limestone from the building's facade.
Meghan Blessing KGOU

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority took the first steps Monday toward the issuance of the $120 million in bonds that will be used to fund State Capitol repairs and renovations.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb made the motion to allow OCIA staff to prepare and distribute requests for proposals for underwriters, bond counsel, printer and other necessary service providers for the $120 million that was authorized by HJR1033.

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State Capitol
8:49 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Leader Appoints Final Three To Repair Panel

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

The leader of the Oklahoma Senate has approved three members to a committee that will oversee a $120 million renovation of the state Capitol.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman announced the appointment of Republican Sens. Dan Newberry of Tulsa and Corey Brooks of Washington, along with Democrat Susan Paddack of Ada.

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State Capitol Repairs
5:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Three Named To Oklahoma Capitol Repair Committee

Oklahoma State Capitol
Credit LLudo / Flickr Creative Commons

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.

Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

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Governor expected to sign bill
6:19 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

House And Senate OK Capitol Repairs

Credit April Weeks / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a 10-year, $120 million bond issue to overhaul the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

The bill already passed the House and was approved Friday in the Senate on a 34-8 vote. It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it.

The House has been reluctant to issue bonds to pay for state projects, but members were placated by the creation of a bipartisan committee of lawmakers to oversee the project.

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