MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 12, 2014

Shelter initiative passes House panel


Associated Press

— 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.