Florida Legislature Fully Passes COVID-19 Liability Protection for Businesses, Awaiting Gov. DeSantis Signature

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Friday was a significant day in the year plus fight we’ve been waging on behalf of Flagler County businesses during this pandemic.  The very first bill passed this session by both bodies of the Legislature and headed to the Governor is COVID-19 Liability Protections, SB 72.

SB 72, provides liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, and health care facilities that have substantially complied with governmental health and safety guidelines to keep employees, customers, and patients safe.  This very important bill will be heading to Governor Ron DeSantis, who has already indicated his willingness to sign it into law.

It was important that the legislature send a signal of certainty that businesses doing the right thing couldn’t be subjected to frivolous litigation. SB 72 is retroactive to the start of the pandemic, unless a lawsuit has already been filed, and creates heightened standards for litigation to proceed and a business to be held liable.

A huge thank you to President Wilton Simpson, Speaker Chris Sprowls and our very own Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner for their strong support for this legislation!

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, the biggest thank you is reserved for our members who have united and fought alongside us by making calls and sending emails, all to ensure this important legislation crossed the finish line in the Legislature. THANK YOU! We will let you know as soon as this important bill is signed into law.

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