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Take Shelter Oklahoma school shelter group plans new petition effort

A group pushing for a state bond issue to help build school storm shelters plans to abandon its current petition drive and start a new one in May, its attorney said Monday.
by Randy Ellis Modified: April 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014
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A group pushing for a $500 million state bond issue to help build school storm shelters plans to abandon its current petition drive and start a new one in May, its attorney said Monday.

Take Shelter Oklahoma started its initiative petition drive after a tornado ripped through Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School last May, killing seven children.

David Slane, attorney for Take Shelter Oklahoma, said his group decided to start afresh after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected its petition for a rehearing.

Slane’s group wanted the Supreme Court to allow it to count the 100,000 or so signatures the group had gathered prior to and during a ballot title legal challenge.

The court rejected that request Monday, saying the group would have to start over gathering signatures and would be given 90 days, starting Tuesday, to gather about 155,000 signatures needed to force a statewide vote.

“I talked with the group from Take Shelter and they will not start collecting signatures tomorrow,” Slane said Monday.

“Instead, in May they will file an entirely new initiative petition in a last ditch effort to get the shelters in the schools and avoid another legal fight.”

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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