Capitol Restoration Bond Passes Senate
Earlier today, HB3168 by Speaker Hickman and Pro Tem Bingman passed the Oklahoma State Senate by a vote of 30-16. The bill authorizes $125M in bond funding to complete the repair and restoration of the State Capitol. The bill now moves on for consideration by Governor Fallin.
President Pro Tem Bingman’s statement:
“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bond funding allows for its continued restoration by addressing the building’s many infrastructure needs, which include outdated plumbing and electrical systems.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.”