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Oklahoma AG defends school safe room ballot rewrite

Published: November 22, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says it properly rewrote the ballot title for a proposed $500 million bond issue for school safety, and that any suggestion of a Republican conspiracy against the plan is “utter hogwash.”

Pruitt's office on Friday filed a response over a challenge to his rewrite of the ballot title. In the filing, Senior Assistant Attorney General Neal Leader accuses the plaintiffs in the case of grandstanding and says the ballot title was rewritten to meet certain requirements for describing a financial transaction.

The plaintiffs in the case are Take Shelter Oklahoma and Kristi Conatzer, the mother of one of seven children killed in May when a tornado hit Plaza Elementary School in Moore. They allege Pruitt rewrote the title because Republicans oppose the idea.