The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Safe rooms would be required in new school buildings under a measure approved by the Oklahoma City Council, overriding a recommendation by a building code commission that wanted such decisions left up to school boards.
The 8-1 vote will require a new school building to have tornado-resistant spaces with at least enough room to protect the number of children and teachers for which the building was designed.
The change takes effect May 1. A task force last year recommended that the city get feedback about requiring safe rooms in new school construction.
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