COVID Liability Protections Legislation Passes Senate; Teed Up in House for Next Week 

Yesterday afternoon, the full Senate took up and passed COVID-19 Liability Protections, SB 72 by Senator Jeff Brandes, on a bipartisan vote of 24-15. This Chamber-priority bill contains protections for business entities, religious institutions, educational institutions, governmental entities, and health care providers that substantially followed governmental health care and safety guidelines to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The bill provides protections retroactive to the start of the pandemic unless a lawsuit has already been filed and will provide protections for a year after the bill is signed by the Governor. The bill is already scheduled for the House Special Order Calendar on Thursday, March 25th. Barring any amendments made in the House, the bill will be sent to Governor Ron DeSantis, who has already indicated he will sign the bill. This marks a year-long effort by the Florida Chamber to educate lawmakers and pass liability protections to provide certainty for those that are doing their best to comply with changing guidance in response to a once-in-a-century pandemic.