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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for May 18, 2013

Emergency repairs OK'd for Turner Turnpike bridge.
Modified: May 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: May 18, 2013


Emergency repairs approved

for Turner Turnpike bridge

Emergency repairs will begin June 3 on a Turner Turnpike bridge in Lincoln County. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared an emergency Thursday and approved a $528,858 contract to Gibson & Associates, a Texas firm, to repair Oak Road bridge over the eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike. An oversize tractor-trailer struck the bridge, agency spokesman Jack Damrill said. Turnpike motorists are not affected by the damage, but the bridge was closed to motorists after the damaged section was declared unsafe to carry traffic loads. The contract calls for repairs to be done in 36 days, Damrill said. The work will consist of removing and replacing the portions of the damaged exterior beams over the eastbound lanes of the turnpike. The eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike will remain open during the construction work, although one lane may occasionally be closed, he said.

Governor acts on domestic violence board measures

Gov. Mary Fallin signed one bill and vetoed another Friday that deals with domestic violence panels. She signed House Bill 1693, which removes a July 1 sunset date for the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board that is under the authority of the state attorney general's office. No sunset date was set in the legislation. She vetoed House Bill 1701, which would have continued the existence of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advisory Council. Fallin said its duties are similar to the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, which will continue to perform its role without any additional statutory provisions in the state's already lengthy legal code. The measure is duplicative and not consistent with her commitment to reduce the size and cost of state government, she said. “It should be noted that this veto in no way diminishes the seriousness of the threat represented by domestic violence and sexual assault,” Fallin wrote in her veto message.

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