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Fri April 12, 2013

Oklahoma Leaders Agree on Supplemental for Capitol Repair

Steps at the capitol are blocked off because of crumbling facade.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House and Senate leaders say an agreement on a supplemental funding bill to pay for projects this year likely will include at least $8 million to begin repairs on the Capitol's crumbling facade.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman both said Thursday there is mutual agreement that a supplemental bill also would include money to help pay for teacher health benefits, which is estimated to be about $8.5 million.

The two appear divided on whether to pay an additional $2 million for a detailed architectural study of the Capitol's infrastructure needs. Bingman said such a study would be critical before proceeding with repairs, while Shannon suggested the $2 million price tag was excessive.

Governor Mary Fallin has proposed funding for Capitol repairs and teacher benefits.