Oklahoma House Panel to Consider $160 Million Capitol Bond

Apr 9, 2014

A yellow fence prevents people from using the capitol's south entrance
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of the Oklahoma House plan to take up legislation that would authorize a $160 million bond issue to repair the nearly 100-year-old State Capitol.

The Senate-passed legislation will be debated on Wednesday by the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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 south side of the building. That's where large chunks of limestone and mortar have been falling from the building's facade.