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Hearing date set for Oklahoma storm shelter issue

An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee set the hearing date for Take Shelter Oklahoma's petition of Attorney General Scott Pruitt's changes to a ballot to put storm shelters in the state's public schools.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: October 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm •  Published: October 29, 2013
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SETTING IT STRAIGHT - Gov. Mary Fallin has not endorsed or formally opposed a potential ballot question calling for a bond issue to fund storm shelters in Oklahoma schools. A story misstated Fallin's opinion on the issue. The story below has been corrected. (10/30/13)

A referee for the state's highest court on Monday set a date for oral arguments in a legal squabble over the ballot language for a proposed $500 million state bond issue to help Oklahoma school districts pay for safe-room shelters in schools.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Referee Greg Albert set several deadlines for filing briefs in the case, and set oral arguments in the case for Dec. 18.

Members of the group Take Shelter Oklahoma are attempting to gain approval for a statewide ballot that would allow voters to decide on using the state's franchise tax to pay for storm shelters in public schools.

Proponents of the state question filed a legal challenge earlier this month after Attorney General Scott Pruitt rewrote the ballot title, the language that would appear before voters if the group successfully gathers enough signatures to place the proposal on the ballot.

Take Shelter Oklahoma attorneys contend the attorney general failed to comply with legal deadlines for submitting a rewrite and that Pruitt's language is biased against the proposal.

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