The Norman Transcript

December 19, 2013

Supporters seek more time

By Sean Murphy
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — An attempt to get Oklahoma voters to decide a $500 million bond issue to pay for storm shelters in Oklahoma schools was bungled by the attorneys who handled it, did not receive the required number of signatures and should not be placed on the ballot in 2014, an attorney for the state argued.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Neal Leader told a referee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court that Take Shelter Oklahoma should not be granted any additional time to gather the more than 155,000 signatures needed.

Supporters, including parents of some of the children killed in May when a tornado struck Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, said they fell about 40,000 signatures short.

An attorney for the plaintiffs, David Slane, said the attorney general’s office sabotaged the entire effort to gather signatures when he rewrote the ballot title language.

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