A new law just signed by Governor Fallin in Oklahoma will make it easier for officials to open public buildings for storm shelters by eliminating their potential liability. “If they see there’s a need in the community and they determine through their local rules this gives them some support,” said Senator Ron Justice who authored the bill on the Senate side. This law will exempt public entities from liability if they open up their shelter to the public.
The taxpayers in those communities paid for those public buildings and are paying for their maintenance, but the city government is afraid to open them to the public as shelter from storms because unscrupulous lawyers could represent someone who tripped and cause the taxpayers to pay for legal fees and a frivolous lawsuit settlement. It is astounding to me that our judicial system has been perverted to such an extent as to result in the need for this law in Oklahoma. The absurdity of the scenario is that our government passes the laws under which we live and now those same laws are being used against the government in such a way as to prevent the normal, day-to-day operations. The impact is so great as to cause the government to pass more laws exempting it from the “pursuit of justice” of existing laws. What about the rest of us? Our normal lives are being disrupted as well by the malicious abuse of the laws and our businesses are prevented from functioning in a normal way. What recourse do we have from this insanity?