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Tulsa, Okla., mulls code change to require storm shelters in new schools

State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

February 17, 2014 |

City councilors in Tulsa, Okla., are considering a proposed change to the city's building code that would require storm shelters in new school construction.

Building storm shelters in schools has become a major statewide issue after the May 20, 2013 tornado that killed seven children in a Moore, Okla., elementary school.

From the Associated Press: One group is pushing for a $500 million bond issue to pay the shelters, while Gov. Mary Fallin is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow every school district to pursue a one-time increase in bonding capacity to fund upgrades like storm shelters.


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