Senate Public Safety Committee Passes Georgia Pandemic Business Immunity Act

Yesterday, the Senate Public Safety Committee, chaired by Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell), passed House Bill 216 (The Georgia Pandemic Business Immunity Act) out of committee. 

“Georgia’s business community has done a remarkable job beginning the reopening process, while simultaneously taking appropriate action to minimize health concerns associated with COVID-19 for employees and customers,” said Sen. Albers. “However, even many of the strongest measures implemented do not completely mitigate the risk of possible exposure. This legislation will allow our business community to start to return to normalcy and provide services to Georgians without fear of needless litigation, while still ensuring that legitimate legal action is possible. This will also help our small businesses, healthcare workers and homeowners associations to be open without concern. I want to thank Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan for his support on this measure and I look forward to witnessing the positive impact this bill will have on Georgia’s businesses.”

“I am proud of Senator Albers’ work on thoughtful legislation that ensures consumers are protected and encourages businesses to reopen – without the worry of lawsuits hanging over their heads,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “I commend the Public Safety Committee for addressing this critical issue and giving Georgia businesses the liability protections they need during an unforeseen health-care crisis.”

The Georgia Pandemic Business Immunity Act would grant businesses immunity from civil liabilities for any damages arising from exposure to COVID-19, under certain circumstances.

You can view the full text of House Bill 216 here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/InjectSession.aspx?BillType=HB&BillNum=216

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Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.  He represents the 56th Senate District which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at john.albers@senate.ga.gov.