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Lawmakers Reject Resolution to Deny Funding (Mar 19, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers have rejected a resolution that would have disapproved of a plan to finance a new $42 million headquarters for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

By a vote of 11-1, the House Appropriations and Budget Committee on Monday rejected the resolution by Rep. Jason Murphey of Guthrie. The resolution would have turned down plans to finance the proposed headquarters building through a bond issue for higher education.

Murphey told members of the committee that he believes financing the building with higher education bonds would set a bad precedent by bypassing the Legislature.

But Rep. Doug Cox of Grove said the new building will be on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond and will serve as a teaching classroom for pathologists and other forensic science specialists.

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