Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would eliminate liability for any entity or person providing access to a safe place during instances of severe weather, as long as they were acting in good faith.

The Senate amended the original bill to include its current language and approved it unanimously. House Bill 2419, by state Rep. John Enns, was approved in the House by a vote of 89-2 and will now proceed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“After the governor vetoed a shelter liability bill that singled out one set of business owners, lawmakers decided to send her a better bill that did not single out any one entity and which would take immediate effect upon her signature,” said Enns, R-Enid. “Governor Fallin has indicated her support of this bill and we look forward to having a new law that will encourage all Oklahomans to shelter their neighbors and friends when a tornado or other natural disaster strikes.”

House Bill 2419 will take effect as soon as it is signed into law.

Source: Oklahoma House of Representatives


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