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Governor Abbott Discusses COVID-19 Liability Legislation at Roundtable Event in North Texas

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was in North Richland Hills Monday to discuss COVID-19 related civil liability protections.

Abbott was joined by Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Jeff Leach, who have both filed legislation on the topic.

Abbott has named COVID-19 liability protections as an emergency item for the legislative session.

A press release from the Governor's office states "These protections would ensure that businesses that took measures to comply with appropriate government guidance for mitigating the spread of the disease would not be liable if a person contracted COVID-19 on the premises of the business."

“Businesses and healthcare providers that operated safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t have their livelihoods destroyed by frivolous lawsuits, which is why I made civil liability protections an emergency item this session,” said Abbott.

Before the press conference, Abbott met with employees of Bison Coolers to discuss the protections.

“Companies like Bison Coolers and their employees drive the Texas economy forward, and they need to know that the state of Texas has their back. Whether it is with COVID liability protections or other strategies, Texas will always support our small business community. When small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, Texas succeeds.”

Abbott visited Dallas last week to address the stress thousands of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are putting on facilities at the Texas-Mexico border.

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