Update: $120 million bond to repair crumbling Capitol signed by governor

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Thursday, the governor signed a measure that will pay for repairs to the crumbling Capitol.

House Joint Resolution 1033 authorizes a $120 million bond issue to pay for repairs to the nearly 100-year-old building.

“The decades of neglect have not only resulted in locking the front doors of our State Capitol and in embarrassing barricades around the exterior, but now the interior is literally becoming a safety risk for our visitors and employees,” said Speaker Hickman. “Our Capitol building is a symbol of our great state and its people, and it should be treated and maintained with honor and respect.”

The bond issue states the $120 million is to be paid over a period of 10 years.

According to a news release, the Capitol repairs will be overseen by the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee, a bipartisan committee consisting of nine members, to ensure that the repairs and renovations are made in an efficient and fiscally conservative manner.

The governor, speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate will each have three appointments to the committee.

“Hidden rooms, artifacts and stairways have been discovered throughout the Capitol after being haphazardly lost and built over during renovations made in past decades,” said Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore. “The repairs must be done correctly with proper oversight so the intended beauty of the Capitol is maintained and we do not create future infrastructure problems.”

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