Maybe now that the state medical examiner's office has been forced to use refrigeration trucks to store bodies — think about that for a minute — members of the Legislature will get around to taking the action needed to build a new office. If this doesn't do it, then likely nothing will.
Subpar working conditions at the ME's office resulted in it being stripped of its national accreditation in 2009, a truly embarrassing event that prompted legislators the following year to approve moving the office to a site in Edmond. They didn't provide the $42 million to make that happen, though. Conservative opposition to using a bond issue to pay for it (or most any other infrastructure need) prompted officials at the University of Central Oklahoma to this year propose selling bonds through a program higher education regents use for such things as classroom and dormitory construction.