Oklahoma Plan Would Let Schools Borrow for Shelters, Safe Rooms

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation that would let voters increase their school district’s bonding capacity for storm shelters and “safe rooms” to protect students.

The bill, passed by the House of Representatives and under consideration by the Senate, would require a constitutional amendment to go before voters in November. If approved, individual districts could call bond elections. The one-time increase would require approval by three-fifths of voters.

Republican Governor Mary Fallin earlier this month she supports the legislation.

Oklahoma was hit by 19 tornadoes last year, including one in Moore that killed 24 people, including seven children who were taking shelter at their schools, according to a federal report. Among the 2,400 buildings damaged or destroyed were two elementary schools.

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