Okla. leaders agree on supplemental for Capitol

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Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 5:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House and Senate leaders say an agreement on a supplemental funding bill to pay for projects this year likely will include at least $8 million to begin repairs on the Capitol's crumbling facade.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman both said Thursday there is mutual agreement that a supplemental bill also would include money to help pay for teacher health benefits, which is estimated to be about $8.5 million.

The two appear divided on whether to pay an additional $2 million for a detailed architectural study of the Capitol's infrastructure needs. Bingman said such a study would be critical before proceeding with repairs, while Shannon suggested the $2 million price tag was excessive.

Gov. Mary Fallin has proposed funding for Capitol repairs and teacher benefits.

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