Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2013
Sen. Ron Justice
Legislation to protect agritourism professionals from liability
approved in committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Tuesday that
would provide liability protection for Oklahoma’s agritourism
professionals. Under Senate Bill 931, by Sen.
Ron Justice and Rep. Scott Biggs, agritourism professionals
would not be liable for any participant injuries or deaths resulting
from the inherent risks of agritourism activities as long as a warning
is posted prominently on the premises.
“Oklahoma farmers and ranchers offer many agritourism activities
like petting farms, horse riding, corn mazes and hay rides that
families enjoy. Unfortunately, there are some inherent risks with
such activities but being that people willingly participate in them
knowing the risks, they shouldn’t be allowed to sue the owner
if something happens,” said Justice, R-Chickasha.
The bill states that assumption of risk will be an affirmative defense
against any claim for damages against an agritourism professional
for agritourism activities.
An agritourism activity is any activity carried out on a farm or
ranch that allows members of the general public for recreational,
entertainment, or educational purposes to view or enjoy rural activities,
including farming, ranching, historic, cultural, harvest-your-own
activities, or natural activities and attractions. An activity is
an agritourism activity whether or not someone pays to participate.
SB 931 was amended to allow for minor clarifications and will now
go before the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Sen. Justice: (405) 521-5537