Oklahoma Governor Signs Building Repair Bill, 15 Others

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 4:41 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to create an eight-year plan to improve state buildings and properties without using the sale of bonds to raise the money.

The bill is one of 16 signed Tuesday. It builds on an existing program for state building improvements.

House Speaker T. W. Shannon has pushed for the "pay-as-you-go" plan for repairs partly because the increasingly conservative House has resisted the idea of issuing bonds to pay for state projects. Fallin has been pushing for repairs to the Capitol since the session began. Those repairs could cost an estimate $160 million.

Among the other bills she signed, one would protect a publicly drunk person if they called authorities to help someone who is dangerously intoxicated. Another prohibits the sharing of food stamps.