Tennessee lawmakers pass COVID-19 liability legislation
Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that seeks to protect Tennessee business owners from “frivolous lawsuits” related to COVID-19.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/WMC) - Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that seeks to protect Tennessee business owners from “frivolous lawsuits” related to COVID-19.
WMC reported that the COVID-19 liability bill says anyone filing a lawsuit because of loss, damage, injury or death arising from coronavirus must provide “clear and convincing evidence” that the person, business, or organization they’re suing acted with “gross negligence or willful misconduct.”
The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or TOSHA, told WMC they’ve received 877 complaints about unsafe work conditions related to COVID-19.
The bill passed the Senate 27-4. It passed the House 80-10.
It now heads to Lee, who is expected to sign it into law.
Lawmakers also passed a proposal that would significantly stiffen penalties against protesters. Under the proposal targeting protests, those who illegally camp on state property will now face a Class E felony.
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