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Okla. House Dems agree to support $40M museum fix

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 29 Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have agreed to support a Senate-backed measure to spend $40 million to complete an unfinished American Indian museum in Oklahoma City.

The announcement by House Democratic Leader Scott Inman on Wednesday could boost the chances for the proposal to pass the House, where many Republicans oppose the idea.

A bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday would take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to help complete the sprawling American Indian Cultural Center and Museum at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 40. The state funds would be used to match another $40 million in private pledges.

With all 29 Democrats supporting the bill, only 22 Republican votes would be needed to send the measure to Gov. Mary Fallin.