The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) today issued the following statement, attributed to its assistant vice president of state government relations Logan McFaddin, regarding the passage of Senate Bill 72 on Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“APCIA applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for supporting Senate Bill 72 and especially thanks chair Jeff Brandes for sponsoring this important legislation, which provides needed liability protections for Florida businesses.
“The pandemic has hit Florida’s small businesses hard and many have already closed their doors. Businesses that adhere to COVID safety guidance and protocols to keep their employees and customers as safe as possible should not face COVID-related lawsuits. A wave of COVID-related lawsuits against small businesses that are following pandemic safety protocols would only put Florida’s economic recovery in a more precarious position.
“APCIA looks forward to working with the House and Senate on the swift passage of critical COVID liability protections for Florida businesses during the upcoming legislative session.”
The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is the primary national trade association for home, auto, and business insurers. APCIA promotes and protects the viability of private competition for the benefit of consumers and insurers, with a legacy dating back 150 years. APCIA members represent all sizes, structures, and regions—protecting families, communities, and businesses in the U.S. and across the globe.