Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013
Sen. Ron Justice
Agritourism limited liability measure heads to Governor
Those who participate in agritourism activities such
as hayrides and riding horses and get hurt will not be able to sue
the agritourism owner as long as a warning is prominently posted
on the property about the inherent risks of such activities. Senate
Bill 931, by Sen. Ron
Justice and Rep. Scott Biggs, will provide agritourism professionals
with liability protection for such incidents.
“The agritourism industry in Oklahoma is very popular but
we need to protect those who provide these fun activities, like
corn mazes and petting farms, to the public. It’s just commonsense
that if you’re around animals, you might get bitten and if
you’re on a hayride and you don’t sit down, you could
fall off,” said Justice, R-Chickasha. “The farmers and
ranchers who open up their facilities shouldn’t be punished
for others lack of good judgment. This bill will protect the owners
from being liable as long as they have all the risks posted for
guests to see.”
Under SB 931, assumption of risk will be an affirmative defense
against any claim for damages against an agritourism professional.
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.
“The Agritourism industry is filled with many family operations
that are running a small business in the truest sense of the term.
They provide Oklahomans with great resources to learn more about
agricultural in our state as well as provide unique ways to enjoy
their free time,” said Biggs, R-Chickasha. “Agriculture
is, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of the Oklahoma landscape.
This new law will help our farmers and business owners continue
to share their way of life with others without fear of being sued.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Justice: (405) 521-5537