Take Shelter Oklahoma headed to the Supreme Court
The group Take Shelter Oklahoma is headed to the Supreme Court. The court will hear oral arguments between the group and Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Take Shelter Oklahoma was just short of the 160,000 signatures needed to put their initiative on the ballot, but this gives them new life.
The group and its attorney, David Slane, say the Supreme Court's decision is extremely encouraging. It gives them one more shot to have their voices and their proposal heard by our state's highest court.
"The Supreme Court does not hear a lot of argument. The fact that the entire court wants to hear it I think is an indication of how important it was," Slane said.
On Friday, members of Take Shelter Oklahoma proudly held their Supreme Court order asking them to appear before the court on February 25th.
"The Supreme Court felt that we are important enough to listen to, to hear," said Danni Legg. Legg lost her son Christopher at Plaza Towers on May 20th.
Slane says it will take $500-million to put shelters in every school in the state. After hearing from both Take Shelter Oklahoma and the Attorney General, Slane says the Supreme Court will decide where the money will come from, how schools can apply for it and put it in ballot language.
"They could have issued a one page dismissal if they wanted to. It seems to me that they want to hear it," Slane said of the Supreme Court.
FOX25 reached out to the Attorney General and received this response, "The court has shown an increasing willingness to hear oral argument and we look forward to presenting our case."
Mikki Davis, who lost her son Kyle on May 20th, had this to say to the Attorney General, "I wish you the best of luck because you're fighting against these angel parents. So good luck with that."
"I want to see this issue on the ballot in 2014," said democratic State Representative Joe Doorman. "It needs to be expedited. We need to get this resolved quickly."
Slane feels confident if given the chance, Take Shelter Oklahoma will prove its petition deserves to be heard by voters.
"We're going to go forward. We're going to make our very best argument before the full court, and I feel very positive that the court will give us a fair shake and hear our side," Slane said.
According to the Supreme Court order, each side will have 30 minutes to present their case. They will go before the court at 10 a.m. February 25th. It could be a month or so before the court makes its ruling.