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Oklahoma State Senate
Senator Debbe Leftwich
Chairwoman, Business and Labor
Senate District 44
Oklahoma County

For Immediate Release: February 6, 2007

Senator Debbe Leftwich
Senator Debbe Leftwich

Leftwich Bill Protecting Volunteers From Lawsuits Passes Out of Senate Committee

A measure that will exempt volunteers who provide transportation services for charitable organizations or not-for-profit corporations from liability lawsuits passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

“This bill will provide protection for the volunteers who drive senior citizens to and from hot lunch programs and take them to the grocery store to do their shopping,” said Senator Debbe Leftwich, author of the legislation.

Senate Bill 113 is a product of the Oklahoma County Senior Summit, a meeting organized to discuss issues important to senior citizens. The Senator said she has worked with Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth on the issue.

Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, said that it’s not fair for people who volunteer their time to help senior citizens’ be more mobile to face individual liability in a lawsuit.

“We need to do more encourage volunteerism, especially when it concerns improving the quality of life for Oklahoma’s greatest generation, and this bill will do that,” Leftwich said.

For more information contact:
Senator Leftwich's Office - (405) 521-5557

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