Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Tennessee started a special session yesterday, primarily over COVID-19 immunity. Negotiations broke down in June over whether to make the legislation retroactive to March.
Gov. Lee indicated during a press conference last week that the impasse had been resolved. As written, the bill does not appear to provide retroactive protection for the early months of the health crisis. The change in Tennessee tort law would take effect Aug. 3, and expire July 1, 2022.
As introduced, the measure would grant immunity from “civil liability for loss, damages, injury, or death arising from COVID-19, unless the claimant proves by clear and convincing evidence of gross negligence or willful misconduct.”
WMOT 89.5 has the story.