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Oklahoma Senate passes bill for Capitol repairs

By KRISTI EATON Published: April 24, 2014
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Unlike past votes, Thursday’s vote included little debate and few questions by senators.

The state Capitol, which is one of Oklahoma’s most visited tourist attractions, opened in 1917. Maintenance on the 452,000-square-foot building has been delayed for years, contributing to problems including antiquated piping, plumbing and electrical wiring. Cracking of the terrazzo flood in the building’s lower level is also a problem.

Parts of the building have been cordoned off by yellow barricades since 2011 to prevent pedestrians from approaching the building’s south side, where chunks of limestone and mortar have fallen from the building’s facade.

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Online:

House Joint Resolution 1033: http://bit.ly/1iRlQjl

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