Claremore Daily Progress

May 15, 2013

Rep. Quinn to serve on Capitol Repair Cost working group

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Rep. Marty Quinn is among 10 legislators appointed by House Speaker T.W. Shannon to examine the potential costs of repairing Oklahoma’s State Capitol building.

The group will examine the large variation between the amount lawmakers were asked to issue bonds for during last year’s session and an in-depth study conducted approximately three years ago which reported true cost of the repairs to be much lower.  The group will also give legislative oversight during the process of repairing the Capitol.

“We are tasked with being good stewards of the infrastructure Oklahomans have been asked to invest their hard earned money in,” said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. “To use tax dollars in an ill planned fashion and ignore costs is reckless, and it is the priority of this office that no such abuse of the people’s money takes place.”

“It is our responsibility to the taxpayers to ensure the state does not overpay or spend money on unnecessary proposals,” said group member Rep. Mark McBride, R- Moore.  “This working group’s report will provide guidance to our appropriation officials to ensure enough funding is set aside to meet the real infrastructure needs of the building.”

“This is the seat of Oklahoma’s democracy,” said Rep. Harold Wright, R-Elk City. “The people of Oklahoma deserve a Capitol they can be proud of not one that is falling on their heads literally or financially.”

The meetings will be open to the public and the public is invited to attend.

Along with Rep. Quinn, Shannon appointed the following representatives to serve: Jason Murphey, Harold Wright, Mark McBride, David Brumbaugh, Ken Walker, Jon Echols, Seneca Scott, Jerry Shoemake and R.C. Pruett.