Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2013
Sen. Frank Simpson
Senate Judiciary Committee approves bill limiting statute
of limitation for deployed soldiers
A measure to protect deployed soldiers from certain
legal actions was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary
Committee. Under Senate Bill 466, by Sen. Frank
Simpson, a soldier’s deployment time could not be counted
under the statute of limitations if legal action is brought against
“This bill is about protecting the rights of deployed soldiers.
They can’t protect or represent themselves in legal cases
when they’re fighting overseas. It’s ludicrous to expect
them to and it’s even worse to punish them for doing their
job,” said Simpson, R-Springer.
Simpson explained that there have been numerous instances where
deployed veterans and their families are continually harassed over
legal issues such as foreclosures.
“Troops don’t need the distraction of worrying about
their families and their future. They have plenty to worry about
when they’re fighting in a war,” said Simpson. “Not
only is this unfair to the soldier, but a distracted soldier is
a danger to his colleagues so this is an issue that could put others
in danger. We need to allow our soldiers to take care of their legal
issues when they get home.”
The committee struck title on the measure, which will next be heard
by the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Sen. Simpson: (405) 521-5607