General Assembly Extends COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses

In an effort to shield businesses from frivolous lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky General Assembly gave final passage to Senate Bill 25 Thursday, sending it to the governor’s desk.

Sponsored by Senator Max Wise, Senate Bill 25’s original language would provide up to 10 days of remote instruction per school for school districts to use at the school, classroom, grade, or group level for the 2021-2022 school year and temporarily revise retirement reemployment provisions until June 30, 2022.

Senate Bill 25 passed the House Education Committee Thursday with a committee substitute that added the language from the 2021 special session to provide liability protections for businesses, schools, and other governmental agencies to the original language pertaining to remote instruction for schools.

“The Kentucky Chamber applauds members of the House and Senate for extending these crucial protections to businesses, as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread at alarming rates throughout the Commonwealth,” said Kate Shanks, Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs at the Kentucky Chamber.

Senate Bill 25 as amended now heads to Governor Andy Beshear’s desk.

Stay tuned to the Bottom Line for more updates.

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