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 (Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19) by the Senate Committee on Commerce & Tourism.
“APCIA applauds the Senate Committee on Commerce & Tourism for moving Senate Bill 72 forward in the legislative process. APCIA joins the business community and others in supporting the passage of critical COVID liability protections for Florida businesses.
“Many other states across the country have passed legislation to prevent an onslaught of frivolous litigation against businesses that are operating in accordance with COVID safety guidance and protocols. Florida’s leaders are right to prioritize these same protections for businesses across the Sunshine State.
“APCIA looks forward to working with the House and Senate on the swift passage of COVID liability protections this session.”
Senate Bill 72 has already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now in a posture to be taken up by the Senate Committee on Rules, its final committee of reference. House Bill 7, which is similar, has passed all three of its committee references and is scheduled to be heard on 2nd reading on the House floor on March 4.
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.