MOORE, Okla. - Governor Mary Fallin announced the state legislature approved the transfer of $45 million from the state's Rainy Day fund Thursday to assist the recovery effort from this week's tornadoes.
The lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the bill that will send millions of dollars into areas like Moore and Shawnee.
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"I appreciate the fact that the legislature came together so quickly. It is the last week of the session but this is a very important issue. It was important that they acted quickly," said Governor Fallin. "Shouldn't have gone home without doing that and we asked them to do it and they did it and we're very proud that the legislature saw the need and will help our community."
The money will be moved to the Emergency Management Fund.
Meanwhile, state representatives Marc McBride, whose district includes Moore, Richard Morrissette and Jon Echols are working on a new non-profit that has already brought in a big donation.
McBride said Apache Oil and Gas Company donated $500,000 to go toward the construction of safe rooms for Moore Public Schools.
The money that comes in will help all of the state's relief efforts, unless the donor makes a specific request.
The trio is still in the early stages of set up, but more on how to donate is expected next week.
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