October 29, 2013

Shelter plans marching forward


It has been an interesting time surrounding the Take Shelter Oklahoma petition drive recently.  Attorney General Scott Pruitt submitted revised language to the petition’s ballot title which our committee felt was biased and politically motivated.  David Slane, an attorney in the Oklahoma City area and OKC Fox News legal analyst, is volunteering to assist in our effort.  The A.G. has five business days to submit an intent letter for modifications, but he waited seven days to notify that he was taking this action.  Between the prejudiced language and his missing the deadline, we feel confident the Oklahoma Supreme Court will keep things fair and balanced.  We also hope this will be resolved quickly as every effort they exert to fight this slows down the collection of signatures by our volunteers and accomplishes their goal of defeating this by any means possible.

On Thursday, I will hold my interim study on tornado shelters.  If you can attend, it will be in room 432a at the State Capitol.  This discussion will go into detail regarding the concerns we face as a state with a lack of storm shelters and security standards in our schools.  I am pleased that this bi-partisan hearing, requested by over twenty legislators, will focus on solutions and hopefully achieve some course of direction for the legislature.  

 I also want to congratulate Kylie Carroll, a senior at Fletcher High School, on turning eighteen and registering to vote!  Kylie is a member of our Take Shelter Oklahoma Steering Committee and she registered to vote this past Thursday.  She also signed the petition after she registered.  She was very happy to make her support official by signing the petition, along with the work she has done to help collect signatures before that.  I am also very proud of the Youth in Government students who are assisting this effort.  Governor Brock Trotter, Lieutenant Governor JD Baker and Speaker Andrew Valdez are all working in Edmond to help with the cause!  These students understand how important it is to protect those in our schools now and for the future!

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