OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Senate committee has given overwhelming bipartisan approval for a $160 million bond issue to renovate and repair the state Capitol.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-1 on Wednesday to approve the bill, which authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue the bonds.
The Senate and Gov. Mary Fallin have been supportive of a bond issue to overhaul the nearly 100-year-old building, but there has been resistance to the idea in the increasingly conservative House.
Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon was a vocal critic of a bond issue, but newly elected Speaker Jeff Hickman has said he's open to discussing the idea with his caucus.
The bill next heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Senate Bill 2044: http://bit.ly/1jxxGR4
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