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Senate approves bill to provide $125 million bond to renovate Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to approve a $125 million bond to renovate the Oklahoma State Capitol is headed to the governor’s desk.

On Thursday morning, the bill passed the Senate 30-16. The bill previously passed the House.

The bond project is meant to renovate both interior and exterior parts of the Capitol.

It also will include adding air conditioning.

The legislature passed half of the bond two years ago, which paid for renovating some offices and sealing off certain parts of the building.

The $125 million bond is to be paid back over 20 years.

“Our state Capitol is a treasured asset, but after decades of neglect it had begun to literally fall down around us. The Legislature in 2014 took initial steps to repair the crumbling Capitol. This new round of bond funding allows for its continued restoration by addressing the building’s many infrastructure needs, which include outdated plumbing and electrical systems.  The bill secures funding up front so we can fully execute the master plan without unnecessary delays. The Capitol is the people’s house and for nearly 100 years, it’s also served as symbol of our great state.  It’s befitting we ensure its restoration so that it continues to function as the seat of state government for the next 100 years.”—Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman.

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