Local & Regional
6:41 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Governor Signs Storm Shelter Liability Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would provide legal protections to businesses and individuals that allow residents to take shelter on their premises during tornadoes and other severe weather has been signed into law.

Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed House Bill 2419, which takes effect immediately.

In a statement, Fallin said no one should fear being sued for opening their home or business to someone seeking shelter during severe storms.

Fallin last month vetoed House Bill 2296, which sought to address liability concerns for mobile home park owners who opened their offices up as shelters.

State Representative Eric Proctor said he drafted the bill after a woman in his district who lived in a mobile home sought shelter at the park's office during a storm, but was turned away because of liability concerns.