Bill Requiring Tornado Safety Information In Hotels Moves To State Senate
With tornado season just weeks away, a bill moving forward at the state Capitol would do more to protect people in hotels and motels.
The bill passed through the House of Representatives with few questions.
It would require motels and hotels to post tornado safety information in each room as well as common areas.
“It’s really primarily to give people a little bit of guidance, a little bit of reassurance, because growing up here, we're not afraid,” said Rep. Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont.
Hader along with Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, introduced the bill to the House.
It would require each hotel and motel to make the hotel location, county, safety precautions and tornado siren testing schedules available in each room.
“In dangerous weather conditions where every second counts, it’s important that visitors to our state have the information they need to be able to find safety and protect their families, especially with the renewed focus on promoting Oklahoma’s tourism capabilities,” Hader said in a news release.
A constituent brought the bill to Hader's attention after traveling to another state and not knowing the specific tornado procedures there.
"April 30, 1978, my house got blown away by a tornado when I was a little girl, so I don't know if that helps me not be afraid. So what you do, is you build it back and you get new stuff,” Hader said.
The Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association is supporting the legislation.
If the bill passes in the Senate and gets the governor's signature, it would go into effect in November.