OKLAHOMA - A new law will protect cities, towns and counties from liability if they choose to open a public facility for shelter.
Oklahoma State Representative Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) said it's good to see legislation signed into law that increase public safety during emergencies, like tornados.
"Unfortunately that was a big block for some of these buildings to be opened up when it comes to that because you open yourself up to lawsuits," Ownbey said. "This bill would stop that."
Ownbey said the new law does not require public facilities to serve as shelters.
The law will go into affect Nov.1, 2012.