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Take Shelter Oklahoma Wants More Time for Petition Drive

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
December 18, 2013

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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.


One Response to “Take Shelter Oklahoma Wants More Time for Petition Drive”

  1. I can't believe ANYONE would NOT want to put shelters in our schools. I knew all 7 of those sweet children at Plaza as they were my daughter's friends & old classmates. Had the tornado not turned it would have hit us in our current school. I can't even begin to imagine what my friends are going through & I don't think ANY parent should have to. We stayed at our current school because we thought the same things some of the parents of Briarwood & Plaza did, that it was safer at the school than home. We found out the hard way we were wrong! I hope the people fighting this will think as if that was their daughter, niece, grandchild & still want to fight it! We are in the middle of what people call Tornado Alley & have already had 3 EF-5's hit Moore alone. It is only common sense that says we NEED shelters in our schools!

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