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The Bottom Line: Bill to bring liability protections to businesses and schools heard in Senate committee

By Jacqueline Pitts 

A bill to provide liability protections for businesses, schools, and individuals in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was brought to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee for discussion only Wednesday.

Senate President Robert Stivers went before committee members to discuss his sponsored legislation, Senate Bill 5, which he said would provide premises-based protections for businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals who have reopened and are following recommended guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Stivers, the bill would provide protection for businesses and individuals who own, lease, manage or control a premise that the public enters to obtain goods, services or conduct activities, and act within the guidelines and recommendations pertaining to COVID-19. The bill would not provide protections for businesses or organizations who act in a malicious or grossly negligent manner to ignore executive orders or guidelines.

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