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Tuesday, 11 August 2020 21:41

COVID-19 Liability Protection Bill Passes Committees in Tennessee House, Senate

Written by Vivian Jones, The Center Square
Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth, left, R-Portland, presents a limited COVID-19 liability protection bill to the House Special COVID-19 Related Liability Committee on Aug. 11 at the Cordell Hull building. Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth, left, R-Portland, presents a limited COVID-19 liability protection bill to the House Special COVID-19 Related Liability Committee on Aug. 11 at the Cordell Hull building. Vivian Jones/The Center Square

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A bill to provide limited COVID-19-related liability protections for Tennessee businesses, schools, health care providers and nonprofits passed committees Aug. 11 in the House and Senate.

A special House COVID Related Liability Committee was appointed Aug. 10 to consider the legislation drafted in collaboration by legislative leadership and Gov. Bill Lee’s office. The 25-member special House committee passed the bill, House Bill 8001, by voice vote after less than a half-hour of discussion.

 

“If you’re a business right now and you’re not taking every necessary step to protect your employees and customers, this bill will not protect you,” said House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland, who sponsored the bill in the House. “If you’ve done everything you’re supposed to ... this bill gives you a little more protection.”

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 8002, in a 7-2 vote.


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