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An effort to put more storm shelters in Oklahoma classrooms is dealt a big blow by the state Supreme Court.

Supporters of Take Shelter Oklahoma wanted voters to sign and then vote on a statewide petition.

The petition called for spending 500 million dollars in state franchise tax money to fund more shelters and safe rooms in schools around the state.

The group took the issue to court after the state attorney general changed the language on that ballot.

Take Shelter Oklahoma’s lawsuit argues the AG’s wording was confusing and put too much emphasize on the cost of the shelters.

“We do believe the ballot language used by the AG is not fair,” said attorney David Slane.

“It’s so misleading the people of Oklahoma wouldn’t know what they were voting on,” said Danni Legg.

Danni Legg is the mother of Christopher Legg, one of the seven kids that died inside Plaza Towers Elementary on May 20th.

The supreme court did give shelter supporters another 90 days to the needed signatures but Legg and other parents won’t take part.

“The way it’s written now is misleading and I can’t be a part of that,” said Legg.

Instead Legg hopes to write a new ballot with the cooperation of the attorney general.

“I’m not giving up. Our children mean more to me than that,” said Legg.

“This fight isn’t over. It’s not going to go away,” said Slane.

For their part Pruitt’s office wrote, “My office has acted as a neutral legal advisor and the court’s ruling upholds the correctness, accuracy and impartiality of the ballot title my office proposed.”

The people behind Take Shelter Oklahoma will try to work out an agreement with the attorney general on ballot language that appeases both sides.

If that doesn’t happen, the Supreme Court said they would be willing to rehear the issue.

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