State Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, said he was uncomfortable with the length of the plan, that lawmakers would be ceding their responsibility to determine how the project is financed, and that he was concerned it could lead to the master lease program being used for other non-education projects.
We see it as an affordable, creative way for the state to solve a problem that's needed fixing for far too long. The importance of the work of the ME's office — determining the cause of suspicious and sudden deaths — can't be overstated. Lawmakers need to recognize that.
They would do well to recall remarks by Dr. Mary Ann Sens, head of the National Association of Medical Examiners, who toured the office last summer: “It's time to take it from the 1990s into the new century.”