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News from Oklahoma's seat of government: the legislature, the governor's office, and state agencies.

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

An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging the Legislature's plan for a $120 million bond issue to pay for improvements to the state Capitol.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed a notice Tuesday with the governor and attorney general indicating his opposition to the plan. Fent claims the bill authorizing the bond issue was an unconstitutional special law because it addressed only one state building.

Fent's formal opposition to the plan is expected to delay the issuing of the bonds to pay for the renovations to the nearly 100-year-old building.

Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state's nearly century-old Capitol.

Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol.

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.

Barricades surround the south steps 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.

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.

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
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.

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

State Capitol Round-Up - Feb. 15

Feb 20, 2013

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