Colorado

Apr 20, 2010 6:43 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

House committee OKs ads for Colo. Capitol repairs

The House State Affairs Committee has approved the sale of ads to pay for repairs to the Colorado Capitol.

The bill would allow a company to sell ads to pay for work on the Capitol's gilded dome. It now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.

If approved by lawmakers, contributors would be allowed to use project logos to advertise their participation. The initial repairs are expected to cost about $13 million. Weather has damaged iron columns, railings and facades of the Capitol's mostly cast iron dome. The wood around windows in the dome is also rotting.

State officials say visitors are in no immediate danger, although workers did put netting around the base of the dome in 2007 after a 10-pound chunk of cast iron fell off.

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