A refurbishing project for the House and Senate chambers at the Kentucky Capitol is set to start soon.
Plans call for refinishing the desks of all 138 legislators, new carpet, plaster repair work, new paint and updated electrical equipment.
Work on the $800,000 project is set to begin after the current legislative session ends on March 24 and should be complete in November.
David Buchta, who is the state curator and director of the state historic properties division in the Finance and Administration Cabinet, says the chambers haven't been restored in more than a half-century.
The division maintains historic properties owned by the cabinet including the Capitol.
Buchta says refinishing the desks, which have been in place since 1909, accounts for more than half the project's cost.