Okla. House panel passes $160M Capitol bond bill

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma House panel has passed legislation that authorizes a $160 million bond issue to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

The House Appropriations and Budget Committee voted 16-8 for the Senate-passed measure Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

The building's interior features polished marble floors, valuable artwork and a dome that was added in 2002. But behind the walls are major problems that include a plumbing system with rotting pipes that has never been completely restored and a hodgepodge of electrical systems.

Parts of the 400,000-square-foot building have been cordoned off by yellow barricades since 2011 to prevent pedestrians from approaching the building's south side where chunks of limestone and mortar have been falling from the building's facade.

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