Take Shelter Oklahoma Wants More Time for Petition Drive
A group pushing a ballot initiative to get shelters in every Oklahoma school hopes the State Supreme Court gives them another 90 days to get signatures for the petition.
Supporters blame partisanship from the Attorney General for confusing the issue for voters.
Take Shelter Oklahoma’s attorney argued before a Supreme Court referee that AG Scott Pruitt delayed and altered the ballot title to appease his donors who support elimination of the franchise tax which would have paid for the shelters.
But, the AG’s office argued the 90-day petition window expired falling 40,000 signatures short and now organizers are grasping at straws for an extension.
The state also argues the AG had every right to put in the title that the money for the bond to pay for the shelters would come from the franchise tax.
Kristi Conatzer who lost her daughter, Emily, at Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore last May understands concerns about the $500 million price tag for the bond.
“You can’t put a dollar amount on my child’s life because the money that’s used for this will never buy her back, but maybe it will save somebody else’s child from dying.”
Take Shelter Oklahoma also requests the courts recuse Pruitt from being involved because of his bias, but the state calls claims of partisanship frivolous.
Supporters say if they aren’t given an extension they will start all over again with a new petition.