DeWine signs COVID-19 civil immunity bill

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State legislation known as the “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill” and designed to grant civil immunity from liability arising from the pandemic to people who provide services for essential businesses and operations was signed into law Monday, Sept. 14. Ohio House Bill 606, which passed in both the House and Senate earlier in the summer, on Sept. 7 passed the Ohio Senate conference committee, 22-8, along party lines after amendments were added. It when then went to Gov. Mike DeWine to sign into law. The legislation protects “a person who provides services for essential businesses and operations for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of COVID-19” is retroactive to when DeWine declared a state of emergency on March 9. The immunity will run though Sept. 30, 2021, and an emergency clause is included so that the legislation goes into effect immediately. Democrats in the House opposed the bill. Rep. Jeff Crossman, D-Parma, said the bill does not encourage best practices. “This bill remains anti-worker, anti-employee, makes students and teachers less safe, the elderly less safe, and exposes them to the possibility of worse practices,” Crossman said.State Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chesterland, who sponsored the legislation, said the bill protects individuals who are engaged …

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