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December 17, 2013

Petition deadline looms

NORMAN — The group pushing for a statewide bond issue on building school shelters has run into two problems in its quest to gain 160,000 signatures by this week: The typical Oklahoma winter and state Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The group last week reported they had about 110,000 signatures. Unless they had a great weekend obtaining names, they will be short a few thousand signatures.

The attorney general’s challenge of the petition’s wording could work in their favor. If the Supreme Court rejects the language, they might be permitted to restart the petition drive.

Mr. Pruitt’s office rewrote the ballot language to emphasize that taking the bond payments from the state’s franchise tax revenues would take money from the state’s General Fund.

If the court rules in favor of the attorney general, it could restart the clock on signatures. In any case, we should know by Wednesday the fate of the proposition pushed by Take Shelter Oklahoma.

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