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Okla. Senate OKs 8-year infrastructure plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Senate has approved Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon's bill that would create an eight-year plan to improve state buildings and properties without issuing bonds to pay for the work.

Shannon has pushed for the "pay-as-you-go" plan in part because the increasingly conservative House has been resistant to the idea of issuing bonds to pay for state projects.

Shannon is a former chairman of the House Transportation Committee and sees the plan being similar to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's eight-year plan for repairing the state's roads and bridges. The bill creates a commission to develop a prioritized list of state properties in need of repair and state assets that could be liquidated to help pay for projects.

The bill now returns to the House.