For Immediate Release: April 16, 2012
Lawmakers critical of veto; say bill could save lives during storm
Two Tulsa lawmakers said they were disappointed
by the governor’s veto of House Bill 2296 on Friday. Sen.
Brian Crain and Rep. Eric Proctor co-authored the bipartisan measure,
which would have given liability protection to mobile home park
operators who allowed residents to take shelter in their office
during severe weather
“Obviously, we are very disappointed by the veto,”
said Crain, R-Tulsa. “In some mobile home parks, the office
is the safest nearby structure during a severe storm. We felt
this bill could have saved lives by encouraging those owners and
managers to be good Samaritans.”
Proctor said the bill was requested by a constituent who sought
shelter in her mobile home park’s office during a tornado,
but was turned away because of liability concerns. HB 2296 would
protect the owners from civil liability if they were acting in
good faith in providing residents with shelter in the mobile home
park office in the event of a weather emergency.
The veto messaged stated concerns that an owner would use the
liability waiver to falsely advertise the availability of a tornado
shelter to attract more customers. Crain and Proctor disagreed.
“My faith teaches me that we are supposed to love our neighbor.
This bill simply would have encouraged Oklahomans to be good neighbors,”
said Proctor, D-Tulsa. “I was raised to never miss an opportunity
to do the right thing. This bill would have encouraged mobile
home park owners to do the right thing.”
The legislation was approved unanimously in the House, and passed
40 to 1 in the Senate. Proctor said he would attempt to override
the veto of HB 2296. If Proctor succeeds, Crain said he would
seek an override in the Senate. A successful veto override would
require support of two-thirds of the members in each chamber.