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Proposal Seeks to Fund Capitol Repairs (Feb 02, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders say they support a proposal to issue bonds to pay for improvements to Oklahoma's nearly century-old State Capitol.

Fallin and leaders of the House and Senate expressed support for the idea Thursday during a legislative forum at the Capitol that as sponsored by The Associated Press.

Barricades were installed outside the Capitol last year to prevent visitors from climbing the steps of its south portico because mortar and pieces of limestone are falling from slabs overhead. Fallin says the barricades are an embarrassment to the state.

An engineering study estimates that repairs, along with revamping outmoded electrical, plumbing and other systems, could cost as much as $140 million.

The Capitol was constructed between 1914 and 1917 and cost just $1.5 million.

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