Illinois Senate Republican Chief Urges Expanded COVID-19 Legal responsibility Safety State & Regional
McConchie presented SB 2140 to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee during a hearing on Wednesday, which means it has been discussed but no action has been taken on the bill, which has a co-sponsor, Republican colleague Senator Brian Stewart.
Other states, including Wisconsin and North Carolina, have passed laws providing similar protections from civil liability to individuals when they are protected from possible COVID-19 exposure.
During the subcommittee hearing, Donovan Griffith, director of government affairs for the Illinois Manufacturers Association, spoke in support of SB 2140.
“I think it is important to point out that we do not provide blanket immunity against groups. If there is actual injury, if there is willful misconduct, if the risk leading to injury is ignored, if there is a malicious act, these groups remain liable, ”Griffith said.
“But this legislation offers us limited and rational protection from lawsuits that threaten to shut down or knock out companies and key industries that have contributed so much to our fight against COVID-19,” he added. “Companies have acted in good faith to protect employees and follow available guidelines. They shouldn’t face costly legal fees while trying to do the right thing.”
The move is supported by many corporate, insurance, and medical groups including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Health & Hospital Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, and the Health Care Council of Illinois.