The Wyoming House of Representatives began working on a bill that would fund a $269 million renovation of the State Capitol building and the adjacent Herschler Building.
It would repair and modernize both buildings and enhance office space. Some lawmakers questioned the need for the upgrade, but Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau says it is long overdue. Lubnau noted that the building features a number of hazards and limitations.
“Now we’ve been lucky and we’ve dodged bullets for 100 years. But it’s about time that we start addressing needs and making a capitol that fits the needs of the 20th Century and not the 19th.”
Lubnau says there are a number of safety concerns that will also be addressed. Work on the facilities could begin after the 2015 Legislative session.