President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010
Sen. Harry Coates
Lack of Legislative Action will Bring
American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Construction to
A $43 million dollar bond package that would have attracted
another $45 million in private donations to complete the American
Indian Cultural Center and Museum being built in Oklahoma City
failed to receive floor votes on the final day of the 2010
legislative session. State Sen. Harry
Coates, R-Seminole, said as a result, construction on the
incomplete facility will be forced to a standstill.
“Right now there are enough funds to keep moving forward for a
few more months, then everything shuts down,” Coates said, noting
that when construction completely stops depends on how remaining
funds are allocated. “This center is poised to make Oklahoma a
national and international destination with enormous economic
benefits for our state. I’m shocked and extremely disappointed that
legislative leaders failed to make sure this came to a vote.”
The Conference Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1497
authorized a total of $43 million in bonds, contingent upon the
collection of $45 million in private funding. The measure was not
signed out by House members of the Conference Committee until late
Friday afternoon, and then was not heard in the Senate.
Coates said the bond package was a critical component of the
financing necessary to complete the $170 million world-class
facility. The completion goal for the complex, which would cover 250
acres and include 125,000 square feet of building space, was 2014.
When complete, the twenty-year economic impact projection was that
the center would generate $3.8 billion.
“Delaying completion delays the economic benefits for Oklahoma
and likely drives up the final costs. At the very least, this was
terribly short-sighted. It seriously undermines one of the most
significant projects we have going in our state,” Coates said.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Coates: (405) 521-5547