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Wed July 2, 2014

Group Files Second Storm Shelter Petition

Take Shelter Oklahoma's first petition effort.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.

Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahomavoters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.

The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, destroying two schools and killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

The petition drive calls for a $500 million bond issue for the shelters to be repaid from the state's General Revenue Fund. It is the second petition launched by supporters. The first was abandoned in April.

KGOU will have more information on this effort this coming Monday as part of the Oklahoma Tornado Project reporting effort.

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