The Norman Transcript

October 29, 2013

Dates set in Okla. shelter group’s ballot fight

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A referee for the state’s highest court on Monday set a date for oral arguments in a legal squabble over the ballot language for a proposed $500 million state bond issue to help Oklahoma school districts pay for safe-room shelters in schools.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Referee Greg Albert set several deadlines for filing briefs in the case, and set oral arguments in the case for Dec. 18.

Supporters of the proposed state question filed a legal challenge earlier this month after Attorney General Scott Pruitt rewrote the ballot title, the language that would appear before voters if the group successfully gathers enough signatures to place the proposal on the ballot.

The challenge was filed by Take Shelter Oklahoma and Kristi Conatzer, the mother of one of seven children killed when a tornado struck a Moore elementary school in May. Their attorneys contend the attorney general failed to comply with legal deadlines for submitting a rewrite and that Pruitt’s language is biased against the proposal.