Bill To Fix Crumbling OK Capitol Fails In House

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 6:57 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

It's an ongoing issue that is not only seen but smelled. However plans to fix the capitol came crumbling down Tuesday after the house voted down a bond to pay for repairs.

"I think it's irresponsible not to do something to fix it," said Governor Fallin.

Fixing the capitol was one of the governor's main priorities this session. Most lawmakers say they agree work needs to be done.

"It's not that the capitol doesn't need to be repaired," said Democratic Leader Scott Inman, one of those who voted against the $160 million dollar bond. "The problem I had is they are asking us to take a $160 million dollars' worth of bond debt and then turn around and pass a $266 tax cut. I think the folks back home would say that's hypocritical."

But Sky McNiel ®, who authored the bill, argues it's not fiscal reasonability, it's politics.

"We're going to be in a real jam if we don't start taking care of this and start making things happen," she said. "At some point we're going to have to put political games aside."

McNeil says unless 17 Representatives change their vote they may not be able repair the plan or the capitol.

But Governor Fallin says she's hoping lawmakers will reconsider.

"If I knew what it would take to change their minds on fixing the capitol I would go," she said. "I don't know what they're thinking to just kick the can down the road over and over."