The returning 89 and 12 freshman members of the state House of Representatives will be treated to new chairs in four committee rooms at the state Capitol.
The House paid about $39,000 for 77 swiveling office chairs on casters and to put new coverings on five benches, said Jennifer Monies, spokeswoman for House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa.
The chairs replace ones that did not swivel or tilt and were not on casters, she said. As a result, the chairs were dragged and tilted, and over the years caused the chairs to become structurally unsound.
The new chairs are covered with a leather-looking material and are made of industrial strength products, she said. They are designed to withstand up to 100,000 uses before showing wear.
The chairs were made by JSI, an Indiana commercial furniture manufacturer on the federal government’s list of approved suppliers, and were bought through an Oklahoma City store, DeskPlus.
The chairs and improved benches were for committee rooms 412A, B and C and for 512A, where the House Democratic Caucus meets. No new furnishings were bought for Room 432A, where the House Republicans, who hold the majority 61 to 40, hold their caucus meetings.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau