A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.
Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahoma voters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.
The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, destroying two schools and killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.
The petition drive calls for a $500 million bond issue for the shelters to be repaid from the state’s General Revenue Fund. It is the second petition launched by supporters. The first was abandoned in April.