- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has new plans to modify its building after earlier calls for a $2 million revamp fell through.

House speaker David Gowan said they are spending $624,000 on carpet in the first, second and third levels of the House, in addition to the House floor and members’ lounge.

This comes after new carpet was installed less than a year ago to the cost of $50,000. Gowan said that carpet was defective and the installation was unsatisfactory.

The Arizona Capitol Times (https://bit.ly/1NmWYNq ) reports that the new work includes a renovation of the chief clerk’s area.

The new carpeting will bring up the cost of modifications over the past year to about $976,000.

Gowan had to cancel plans in May to renovate the House basement after outcry from half of the House Republican caucus, who accused Gowan of excessive spending. That $2 million overhaul included adding showers and a multi-purpose room believed to be a gym.

Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, https://bit.ly/1NmWYNq.

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