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      "Take Shelter Oklahoma" prepares to sue governor for records

      Danni Legg, left, stands next to David Slane outside the Oklahoma State Capitol. Slane announced he intended to sue the governor for the release of records. (FOX25 Photo/Keaton Fox)

      A spokesman for governor Mary Fallin is defending the office today after the group "Take Shelter Oklahoma" prepared to file a lawsuit for records relating to a proposal that would put storm shelters in Oklahoma classrooms.


      The groups attorney, David Slane filed the original request at the beginning of November. He says the governor and her political allies have been stalling their initiative, and now this is his final request.
      "I understand the governor has a practice of not turning over records, she needs to know that simply will not work," Slane said.
      Slane says it took nearly two months for the governor's office to acknowledge they even received the request. Then sent a reply to Tulsa. Neither Slane nor the group have an office there.
      Now, nearly 90 days later, still nothing.
      Danni Legg lost her son in the May tornadoes inside Plaza Towers Elementary and says she's tired of waiting for answers.
      "To me, if you won't release your records, that's what you're doing, you're hiding something," Legg said.
      Alex Weintz, the governor's director of communication says there's not an intentional delay and they have dozens of requests ahead of Slane's.
      "Mr. Slane will get his documents as soon as we process his request," Weintz said.
      Weintz explains that staff members have to sort through records in addition to their normal duties---and with thousands of records to review, the process just takes time.
      Slane insists the office is out of time and he's moving forward with legal action if the documents aren't turned over.
      "Governor, we're not going to go away, and you're going to follow the law, and if you don't follow the law, then we'll bring a lawsuit," Slane said.

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