- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - In a story Oct. 2 about the State Capitol renovation project, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group voted to move the secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer from the Capitol building. In fact, the panel voted only to reduce the amount of space the three offices now have, meaning some support staff will have not move out.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Lawmakers debate state Capitol offices

Lawmakers take some office space away from statewide elected in Capitol

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A panel overseeing renovation of the state Capitol has voted to take some office space away from several statewide elected officials.

The state is in the planning stages of a $259 million renovation and expansion of the state Capitol complex in Cheyenne.

Currently, the governor, secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer all are housed in the Capitol building.

The Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group voted 7-1 Tuesday to take some space away from the secretary of state, auditor and treasurer. The elected officials will still have their offices in the Capitol but some support staff will have to move elsewhere.

An earlier report that the three elected officials were being kicked out of the building was inaccurate.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the panel rejected an alternative plan that would have provided more space for the elected officials in the northwest section of the Capitol’s first floor, including space for shared reception, two conference rooms and space for some support staff.

Gov. Matt Mead, the only member of the panel who is not a legislator, was the lone dissenting vote against reducing the office space for the three other elected offices.

But the legislators on the panel said more room is needed for legislative business.

Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, said some of the committee rooms are so small that whenever a committee is debating a particularly important bill, the tiny rooms are filled to capacity.

“The operation of this house that’s most demeaning to people is the committee rooms,” Brown said. “It is an insult to the common man to be stuffed into a conference room so tightly that a sardine would feel uncomfortable.”

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