State Capitol

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

House And Senate OK Capitol Repairs

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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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Bill's Author may ask house to reconsider
5:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

State House Says No To Bonds That Would Help Pay For Crumbling Capitol

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The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state's nearly 100-year-old Capitol.

House members voted 62-34 against the Senate-passed measure that is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2014 Legislature. The bill's author, Rep. Skye McNeil of Bristow, kept the measure alive by serving notice that she may ask the House to reconsider the vote.

Supporters and opponents agree that the Capitol needs extensive repairs. But they disagree on how to pay for them.

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

Letter Urges Legislators To Support Capitol Building Repairs

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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.

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.

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State Capitol
2:13 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oklahoma Capitol Could Receive $160M Face Lift

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

Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old Capitol could receive a $160 million face lift under a measure given final approval by the Oklahoma Senate.

The bill approved 36-11 on Thursday authorizes a state bond issue to pay for the repairs, a financing method that is expected to face stiff resistance in the increasingly conservative House.

Several Democrats questioned why Senate leaders didn't consider tapping the state's Rainy Day Fund, which currently has a balance of $535 million.

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OneSix8
11:09 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Blood Drives, Senior Day, And Performing Arts

OU sophomore nursing students Narmin Kandalaft (left) and Bridget Graham (right) after giving blood at OBI's Fall 2014 Bedlam Blood Drive.
Credit Bridget Graham and Narmin Kandalaft

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) gives Oklahomans the opportunity to save lives with blood donations at the Spring 2014 Bedlam Blood Drive. The campaign began Monday but runs Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Army ROTC building at the University of Oklahoma. 

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State Capitol
12:55 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Senate Panel Passes $160M Bond Issue To Fix State Capitol

Barricades surround the Oklahoma State Capitol to protect bystanders from potential falling debris.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

An Oklahoma Senate committee has given overwhelming bipartisan approval for a $160 million bond issue to renovate and repair the state Capitol.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-1 on Wednesday to approve the bill, which authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue the bonds.

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State Of The State
4:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Fallin Proposes Income Tax Cut, Discusses Education In Annual Address

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers the 2014 State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) look on.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin is proposing a .25 percent reduction in Oklahoma's income tax rate.

Fallin made the proposal Monday while delivering her State of the State address at the start of the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature.

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State Capitol
7:01 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Group Unveils Satan Statue Design For Oklahoma

Monday the New York-based Satanic Temple unveiled their design for a proposed monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Credit The Satanic Temple / Facebook

A group has unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan that it wants at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist's rendering of the monument Monday. A spokesman says the group has formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds.

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State Capitol
11:33 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Shoots Down Income Tax Cut

Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) announce their tax cut proposal in the Blue Room of the State Capitol - April 23, 2013.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a bill passed last session to cut the state's personal income tax and provide $120 million for repairs to the Capitol is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision released Tuesday, the court ruled the bill violated the state constitution's ban on logrolling, or including multiple subjects in a single bill.

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State Capitol
9:57 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Ralph Ellison Portrait Planned For Oklahoma Capitol

Ralph Ellison
Credit http://www.ralphellisoncentennial.com

UPDATE: The Ralph Ellison Centennial Gala is Feb. 8 at the Oklahoma History Center. 

KGOU's Kurt Gwartney talks with state Sen. David Holt and Ralph Ellison literary executor John Callahan.
John Callahan discusses Ralph Ellison's literary heritage and connection to Oklahoma (recorded Oct. 9 at Oklahoma City University).

Portraits hanging on the walls of the state Capitol building provide a glimpse of the people who helped make Oklahoma what it is today.

You can see Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Robert S. Kerr, Carl Albert, Woody Guthrie and Angie Debo.

But Ralph Ellison, one of Oklahoma’s most famous writers, is not honored in this way, and that is about to change.

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