Panel OKs $160M bond issue to fix state Capitol February 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM CST - Updated July 9 at 8:26 PM 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. Online: Senate Bill 2044: http://bit.ly/1jxxGR4 Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.