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Gov. Fallin: Okla. will not have law requiring storm shelters in schools

Tornado shelter

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin said Oklahoma will not have a law requiring schools to add storm shelters or safe rooms.

During an interview, Gov. Fallin said the state will not be requiring individuals, schools or businesses to add a shelter.

She pointed to an article in the Tulsa World, estimating the cost of constructing a shelter in every public school in Oklahoma at more than $2 billion.

She said that is nearly a third of the state’s entire budget.

Gov. Fallin said it will be up to local school districts to make a decision about including shelters for new school construction.