Last Call for 1.6.21 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

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House Speaker Chris Sprowls on Wednesday said he would prioritize legislation to shield businesses from COVID-19 liability lawsuits in the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.

“Florida businesses and organizations that do the right thing should not fear being drowned by massive litigation costs,” he said. “We are fast-tracking this COVID-19 liability protection bill to ensure that there is no potential for unscrupulous litigation to threaten Florida’s economic recovery. Ours is the most aggressive liability protection bill in the nation.”

Rep. Lawrence McClure is carrying the House liability protection bill, HB 7, which is slated to go before the Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee on Jan. 13, the first day of the House’s first interim committee week before Session begins in March.

The Senate is also prioritizing liability protections, and Senate President Wilton Simpson reaffirmed that commitment this afternoon.

“Businesses across Florida have suffered greatly over the last several months and are doing the best they can to safely reopen during a period of extreme uncertainty,” he said. “When a business makes a good-faith effort to adhere to safety guidelines, our laws should provide strong protections.”

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