House defeats, then passes school shelter plan

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has reversed itself and narrowly passed a plan it had earlier defeated to help school districts pay for safety upgrades such as storm shelters and safe rooms.

House members voted 51-39 Thursday night for the plan supported by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. It takes a minimum of 51 votes to pass a bill in the 101-member House. House members had defeated the proposal hours earlier by a bipartisan vote of 61-34.

House members said that Fallin's office had urged members of the majority GOP caucus to change their no votes.

The House took up the proposed constitutional amendment two days after the anniversary of a massive tornado that struck Moore and killed seven students at an elementary school.

The measure now heads to the Senate.

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