state capitol

Politics and Government
9:17 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Century-Old Oklahoma Capitol Artifacts On Display

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

Century-old artifacts from the groundbreaking of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be on display as state officials outline their plans for renovating the structure.

The 100th anniversary of the Capitol's July 20, 1914, groundbreaking falls on Sunday. The Oklahoma Historical Society will display artifacts from the event Thursday at the Capitol.

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State Capitol
2:02 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Fallin Signs $120 Million Oklahoma Capitol Repair Measure

Barricades around the south side of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Meghan Blessing KGOU

Oklahoma's 100-year-old state Capitol will be getting a major face lift under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the bill Thursday authorizing a 10-year, $120 million bond issue to pay for renovations to the building that was constructed between 1914 and 1917.

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11:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A First Look At The Satanic Monument Proposed For The Oklahoma State Capitol

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An artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying Satan on the front lawn of the Oklahoma state Capitol. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised.
State Capitol
1:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Senate Passes Bill For Oklahoma Capitol Repairs

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

The Oklahoma Senate has resurrected a plan to spend up to $160 million to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

The Senate voted 33-9 Thursday for a House-passed resolution that would authorize repairs to the Capitol. The bill called for vote of the people on whether to issue $120 million in bonds to pay for repairs, but the Senate amended it to authorize a bond issue of up to $160 million without a public vote.

The bill now goes back to the House.

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State Capitol
11:37 am
Sun March 30, 2014

At Legislative Midpoint, Negotiations To Begin On Oklahoma Budget, Policy

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) at Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address - February 3, 2014.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders agree in principle on cutting taxes, a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Capitol and revamping the pension system for state workers, but each side has different ideas on the specifics.

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State Capitol
11:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Reformed Planning Commission Holds First Meeting On Crumbling Oklahoma Capitol

Credit ensign_beedrill / Flickr Creative Commons

State agencies are requesting more than 1,500 capital projects totaling more than $500 million, members of the reformed Long-Range Capital Planning Commission were told Tuesday during their first meeting.

Ben Chase, senior planner with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services’ division of capital assets management, said the requests were submitted by state agencies between February and June.

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Politics and Government
9:59 am
Wed February 20, 2013

State Capitol Round-Up - Feb. 15

It’s early in the session, so the major issues before lawmakers remain mainly un-addressed and unresolved. Our main topics this week:

> Tax credit changes may be dead.

> A workers’ compensation bill could be in a Senate committee by Tuesday.

> Conspiracy theory may thwart water conservation plan.

> State Capitol may get $10 million for repairs next week.

> Equalization board should give lawmakers more money to spend.

Dank's Tax Credit Plan Dunked

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