COVID Liability Protections Legislation Signed by Gov. DeSantis 
On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law SB 72, Chamber-backed COVID Liability Protections legislation. Flanked by bill sponsors, legislative leadership, CFO Jimmy Patronis, and the band Highway 85, the Governor observed, “We don’t want to be in a situation where people are scared of being sued, just for doing normal things, and so we worked very early on to look at ways that we could provide some certainty for both businesses, and healthcare providers. This was obviously a top priority for many of us up here. And I think that the legislature has been able to deliver today.” The Chamber has advocated for these commonsense protections for businesses and healthcare providers since the earliest days of the pandemic. Upon signing the legislation, which is the first bill of the 2021 legislative session to be signed into law, Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson released the following statement:

 “The Florida Chamber thanks Governor DeSantis for his leadership in protecting Florida’s business community and appreciates the priority that has been placed on these protections for Florida’s job creators. COVID-19 lability protections for Florida’s job creators has been a top priority for the Florida Chamber since day one of the global pandemic. With today’s signing of SB 72 by Governor DeSantis, Florida’s businesses and health care facilities who continue to do their best to keep employees, customers and patients safe will no longer have to fear frivolous lawsuits as they continue relaunching Florida’s economy.”