Oklahoma lawmakers would limit liability in storms for those who give shelter to guests

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A pair of Oklahoma legislators say businesses, schools and churches that open their doors to passers-by during violent weather should be spared liability if their temporary guests are hurt or killed.

A bill by Rep. Larry Glenn of Miami would exempt individuals, businesses and schools who help out during a catastrophe and one by Rep. Bobby Cleveland of Slaughterville would extend the same privileges to churches.

The representatives say they authored the legislation after hearing anecdotes about people being turned away from shelter during last year's violent storms.

Both bills are waiting for a vote in the Oklahoma Senate. If either or both pass, the next stop would be the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin. She typically does not say ahead of time whether she will sign pending legislation.

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