The Edmond Sun

May 8, 2013

Fallin signs infrastructure improvement plan for state

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An infrastructure improvement plan to maintain the state Capitol and better utilize other state-owned buildings was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

House Bill 1910 by House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman would liquidate underutilized assets, while also funding and repairing vital assets to the state, Shannon said.

The Long-Range Capital Planning Commission will first address the repair of the state Capitol, and later develop an eight-year plan to address other infrastructure, repair and maintenance issues, according to Fallin’s office.  

“It’s important we maintain and improve state assets, rather than watching them deteriorate,” Fallin said. “House Bill 1910 puts us on a path to ensure state infrastructure and buildings like the Oklahoma Capitol are well-maintained and cared for.”

Shannon said the Legislature is committed to becoming better stewards of the people’s buildings and the taxpayers’ money.

State officials will continue to be required to study and identify underutilized properties each year.

Fallin agreed with legislative leaders last week on a $7.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The budget blueprint targets funding increases to education and health, child welfare and state infrastructure.

The budget deal includes $30 million for the State Buildings Revolving Fund and $60 million for repairs and renovation of the State Capitol.

The measure passed May 1 in the House of Representatives 74-23. All members of Edmond’s delegation voted for the measure, including Rep. Marian Cooksey, Rep. Randy Grau, Rep. Randy McDaniel, Rep. Lewis Moore, Rep. Jason Murphey and Rep. Mike Turner. It passed the Senate on a 42-3 vote April 24 with all four Edmond-area senators voting yes on the measure. Those senators are Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher, and Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie. | 341-2121