The Norman Transcript

October 18, 2013

Shelter group challenges title change


The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Supporters of a plan to issue $500 million in bonds to help Oklahoma school districts pay for safe-room shelters have filed a legal challenge against Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewrite of the measure’s ballot title.

Take Shelter Oklahoma and Kristi Conatzer, the mother of one of seven children killed when a tornado struck a school in Moore in May, filed the challenge Thursday in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The challenge asks the court to reinstate the initiative petition’s original ballot title. It alleges that Pruitt’s proposed ballot title is improper because he failed to comply with legal deadlines for submitting a rewritten ballot title. It also alleges that the new ballot title focuses primarily on the state’s franchise tax on businesses that would fund the measure rather than storm shelters.

— Associated Press