Oklahoma school storm shelters effort nears deadline

One state lawmaker says Take Shelter Oklahoma is still well short of the goal of 160,000 signatures.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: December 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013

People with the grassroots campaign have argued that Pruitt changed the language to make it appear as a new tax. Pruitt has said the language was changed merely to comply with legal requirements for the accurate description of ballot measures.

Wednesday the court will make a decision on the language and decide the deadline for signatures.

If the court decides to alter the ballot title and make a new 90-day period for signature-gathering, the signatures already obtained would likely be thrown out.

Dorman said that if the shelter effort fails, he plans to introduce a House resolution in the 2014 session that would put a state question on a ballot.

“Let me just say this, I would not want to be a legislator going into an election year who voted to not put storm shelters in schools,” Dorman said.

Gov. Mary Fallin has neither opposed or supported the proposed ballot measure but feels generally the school shelter issue is something best decided at the local rather than the state level, a spokesman said.


by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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