On Tuesday, HB 167 was passed by the Senate with a vote of 31-19. The bill must go back to the House for an agree/disagree vote. At the time of the writing of this article, the House had not taken up the vote on this topic. This bill is the Georgia Pandemic Business Protection Act. The bill addresses liability for both businesses and health care providers in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, the House Special Committee on Access to the Civil Justice System passed SB 359. The language of the original Senate Bill was deleted and the language in the bill that was passed by the Committee is a limit of liability for businesses and health care providers in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was sent to the House Rules Committee. At the time of the writing of this article, the bill remains in the Rules Committee. If the bill were to be selected by the Committee for the Rules Calendar and passed by the House, then the bill would have to go back to the Senate for an agree/disagree vote before going to the Governor for signature.