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Bill to Limit Small Business’ Exposure to COVID Lawsuits Pre-Filed


January 15, 2021
Friday PM

(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Prior to the start of the 32nd Alaska Legislative Session, Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer) has filed legislation intended to limit small businesses’ liability against frivolous COVID lawsuits.  

“COVID brought a lot of new realities for Alaska and for the world in 2020. Working in real-time to find solutions, Alaskan businesses worked diligently to put in place safeguards to operate safely and protect the public from COVID,” said Rep. Johnson. “We need to protect them now.”  

HB 4, if passed, would provide businesses with immunity from liability and disciplinary action that might be brought due to exposure to COVID-19.  

“Even with dedicated resources, COVID-19 infections are often untraceable. We already have a record number of businesses being forced to close their doors; we can’t allow our already-economically distressed businesses to be dragged into years of expensive litigation”  

The legislation will be assigned to committee after the Alaska House of Representatives gavels into the 32nd Legislative Session on Tuesday and members finalize their organization structure.  

On the Web:

2021 Second Release of Prefile Bills and Resolutions pdf


Edited By Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer)

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