Thursday, 13 August 2020 20:28

Tennessee Business Groups React to Passage of COVID-19 Liability Protections

Written by Vivian Jones, The Center Square


Tennessee’s business community praised the passage of COVID-19-related liability protections by the state Legislature during this week's special session.

“This is a tremendous win for Tennessee’s economy as businesses strive to put people back to work and save families from greater economic hardship,” Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry President & CEO Bradley Jackson said.


About 67% of small businesses are worried about coronavirus-related lawsuits, according to Jackson.


“So many businesses have been devastated by this pandemic,” Jackson said. “The Tennessee business community is proud to see leadership from the General Assembly and Gov. Bill Lee that demonstrates that our state is serious about keeping business and industry strong.”


When similar COVID-19 immunity legislation failed to pass in June, the Tennessee Chamber urged Lee to call a special session for the issue to be addressed. It then rallied a coalition of businesses, education, health care and trade associations and nonprofits employing a collective 2 million Tennesseans in support of the legislation.


NFIB thanks Gov. Bill Lee and Senate and House leadership for working diligently to pass the much needed Tennessee COVID-19 Relief Act,” National Federation of Independent Business Tennessee State Director Jim Brown said.

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