Group launches Okla. school shelter ballot drive

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Organizers have launched a signature-gathering campaign for a $500 million bond issue to put storm shelters in public schools.

The group Take Shelter Oklahoma filed a petition on Wednesday with the Oklahoma Secretary of State's office to get the issue on a statewide ballot. Once the ballot language is given final approval by the attorney general, supporters have 90 days to gather about 155,000 signatures of registered voters.

The plan calls for the debt service on the bond issue to be paid by the annual franchise tax levied on businesses.

Mikki Davis' 8-year-old son Kyle was among seven children killed in May by a tornado that slammed into Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. She says shelters are needed to save children in the future.

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