Parents of Moore children killed in May tornadoes name Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in lawsuit

A lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court by parents of Moore students Mikki Davis and Danni Legg, accuses Gov. Mary Fallin of denying access to public records pertaining to measures taken to ensure the safety of children during severe weather or violent attacks.
by Matt Dinger Modified: February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014

The parents of two Moore schoolchildren killed in the May tornadoes are suing the governor, alleging violations of the Oklahoma Open Records Act pertaining to safety precautions in schools.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of Mikki Davis and Danni Legg, accuses Gov. Mary Fallin of denying access to public records pertaining to measures taken to ensure the safety of children during severe weather or violent attacks, according to the petition.

The open records request was filed Nov. 7 on behalf of Take Shelter Oklahoma, an advocacy group that aims to put storm shelters in all Oklahoma schools.

Last fall, the group put together a petition drive to put the issue on a state ballot, but failed to reach the required number of signatures by mid-December. They gathered 120,000 signatures of the 160,000 needed.

Last month, the state Supreme Court said it will hear arguments regarding the ballot language on Feb. 25. The measure was rewritten by Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office.

The request is “for all communications between the Governor, the Governor's staff and Governor's office internally and/or with the State Chamber of Oklahoma, any member of the State Chamber of Oklahoma, any legislator, the Attorney General and his office and/or staff and any other person,” the petition states.

The plaintiffs seek documents “regarding the franchise tax, storm shelters, Take Shelter Oklahoma initiative petition, and any other related matter in regard to safety for schoolchildren and others during severe weather outbreaks and/or matters related to school security in cases of shooters and other dangerous school attacks,” according to the petition.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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