Deal close to repair the Capitol

Apr 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chairman of Oklahoma's powerful House Appropriations Committee says a deal may be at hand with the Senate on a $200 million state bond issue that would fund repairs to the state's crumbling Capitol and other nearby buildings.

Representative Earl Sears told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a bill containing the proposal will be unveiled soon. His Senate counterpart wouldn't confirm the price tag.

Yellow barricades currently block the Capitol's south steps to prevent pedestrians from being hit by feared falling chunks of limestone and mortar.

Meanwhile, a $40 million bond issue for the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City is still under consideration. Some House and Senate Republicans oppose that financing, saying Oklahoma already pays $5.4 million annually toward its debt.