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February 12, 2014

School shelter initiative passes Okla. House panel

OKLAHOMA CITY — A proposal supported by Gov. Mary Fallin to help local school districts pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms has cleared a House committee.

The House Appropriations and Budget Committee on Wednesday voted 18-5 for the measure, despite opposition from the mother of one of seven children killed when a tornado struck a Moore elementary school in May.

The bill calls for a statewide vote for a constitutional amendment that would allow every school district to pursue a one-time increase in bonding capacity for safety upgrades.

Danni Legg, whose son Christopher died at Plaza Towers Elementary, says she prefers a state bond issue to pay for shelters instead of a proposal to increase local property taxes.

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Online: House Joint Resolution 1092

 

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