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Fallin proposes election for school safety plan

Published: January 29, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.

Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.

The governor spoke at a forum sponsored by The Associated Press.

She said Oklahoma doesn't have enough money to improve safety at 1,800 schools, but money could be raised locally. Authorizing changes in local bonds would require a vote of the people, and Fallin said a vote could be held this November.