Oklahoma Bill Limiting Liability for Agritourism Businesses Signed into Law

April 16, 2013

A measure protecting limiting the liability for agritourism operators in Oklahoma has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, according to the House of Representatives.

State Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha and Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, say House Bill 1638 protects business owners in the agritourism industry. It calls for a limited liability for agritourism operators and protects them against injuries suffered during an agritourism activity provided the venue is registered with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and a warning label is posted. It does not protect operators in cases of gross negligence or willful disregard of the guest.

Biggs and Justice sponsored the bill.

Oklahoma has more than 380 registered agritourism venues registered with the Department of Agriculture, including many wonderful venues that offer events such as hunting, trail riding, vineyard tours, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides and farmers markets.

“Agriculture is and will continue to be a cornerstone of the Oklahoma landscape,” Biggs said. “This new law will only help our farmers and business owners to share their way of life with everyone.”

The law goes into effect Nov. 1.

Source: Oklahoma House of Representatives

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