Oklahoma lawmaker petitions for school tornado shelters

Friday, September 20, 2013

An Oklahoma lawmaker began a petition drive on Wednesday to put on the ballot a measure allowing the state to issue $500 million in bonds to finance storm shelters in schools, after a devastating tornado in May killed seven children at a school.

State Representative Joe Dorman, a Democrat, faces an uphill climb to collect nearly 160,000 valid signatures of registered voters within 90 days to put the measure on the ballot.

The ballot measure also faces opposition from some Republicans, who control all of state government in Oklahoma, who say it is too costly and that there are better ways to help schools.

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