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Attorney Challenges Capitol Overhaul Bond Plan

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Meghan Blessing
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KGOU

An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging the Legislature's plan for a $120 million bond issue to pay for improvements to the state Capitol.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed a notice Tuesday with the governor and attorney general indicating his opposition to the plan. Fent claims the bill authorizing the bond issue was an unconstitutional special law because it addressed only one state building.

Fent's formal opposition to the plan is expected to delay the issuing of the bonds to pay for the renovations to the nearly 100-year-old building.

Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, whose office is overseeing the project, says Fent's objection has no merit and will be a "temporary inconvenience" to the restoration project.

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