President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 24, 2013
Senate Leadership statement on passage of Eight-Year Infrastructure
Under legislation passed by the Oklahoma state Senate
on Wednesday, the future maintenance and management of state-owned
assets would be prioritized and made more efficient through a central
Long-Range Capital Planning Commission.
HB 1910, by President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and House Speaker
T.W. Shannon, creates the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission
(LRCPC). The Commission will prepare an annual capital budget plan
to address state infrastructure needs over the coming eight years,
similar to the highly acclaimed eight-year transportation infrastructure
plan adopted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
The LRCPC seeks to depoliticize and prioritize infrastructure expenditures
within funding available through the Maintenance of State Buildings
Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman called the legislation as a practical
solution to capital infrastructure needs.
"This is a common-sense plan to prioritize the management of
our state-owned assets,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “We
know we have to address the crumbling state Capitol building, and
I believe it is vitally important that we care for all our public
assets. We owe it to the taxpayers of Oklahoma, the owners of these
properties, to be good stewards of state infrastructure resources.”
Sen. Rob Johnson, who presented the bill on the floor, praised
the measure as a victory for taxpayers.
“The people of Oklahoma deserve better than to see their assets
deteriorate, lose value, and become an embarrassment to our state,”
said Johnson, R-Yukon. “Taxpayers have paid for buildings
like the state Capitol, and they deserve a return on their investment.
I believe the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission will make the
management of state properties more efficient, it will save taxpayer
dollars, and it will help make sure our most critical infrastructure
needs are met in a timely fashion without being bogged down by political
HB 1910 passed the Senate on a 42-3 vote, and now returns to the
House of Representatives for final approval before being sent to
For more information, contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605