Today, the Florida House passed the business COVID-19 liability protections bill, HB 7 by Representative McClure, with a bipartisan vote of 83-31. This bill sends a signal of confidence for businesses that are doing their part to keep employees and customers safe that they will not be party to litigation. The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber considers this issue on of our legislative priorities. A special thank you to Representative Lawrence McClure and Speaker Chris Sprowls for ensuring this bill passed the House during the first week of the 60-day legislative session.
COVID-19 continued to dominate discussions before the legislature this week with all four COVID-19 liability protection bills seeing movement:
- SB 72 by Senator Jeff Brandes, the Senate companion of HB 7, passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, and has one stop remaining before it heads to the Senate Floor.
- SB 74, by Senator Jeff Brandes, protects health care providers from COVID-19 related claims and passed the Senate Health Policy Committee.
- HB 7005, the House companion of SB 74 by Representative Colleen Burton, passed the House Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee.
Our partners at the Florida Chamber supported these important bills in each committee.
*Both SB 74 and HB 7005 have one committee hearing remaining before they are ready to be heard by their respective chambers on the floor.
View the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber’s Legislative Priorities by clicking here.