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Kirby Attends Ceremonial Signing of Legislation Expanding Lawsuit Protections
Thu, 13 Aug 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 13, 2009) – State Rep. Dan Kirby this week attended the ceremonial signing of his legislation to expand the Volunteer Medical Professional Services Emergency Act to include organizations and corporations who volunteer employees in response to natural disasters and other emergencies.

Kirby, R-Tulsa, carried the legislation at the request of the Tulsa Health Department.

"While individual volunteers have been protected from frivolous lawsuits brought against them despite their selfless efforts to serve their fellow Oklahomans in times of crisis, organizations like the Oklahoma Blood Bank and Oklahoma Medical Association do not enjoy those same protections," Kirby said. "My legislation corrects this problem, extending the same benefits to non-profit and corporate entities when they take part in a response to a natural disaster."

Kirby said one example of a crisis in which many groups might be organized would be a response to the swine flu.

"If the swine flu hit Tulsa and as part of the response a local business volunteers employees to help, this legislation would limit their liability and protect them from frivolous lawsuits in that situation," Kirby said. "By limiting their liability and the liability of companies who want to help out in emergency situations, we encourage that aid."