State Rep. Trey Kelley, a Republican from Cedartown, said businesses and hospitals should be able to stay open without fear of being sued.
“At a time when they’re being attacked by this horrible virus, what we don’t need is for them to be attacked by frivolous lawsuits,” said Kelley, the bill’s sponsor.
Democrats said state law should also shield workers from businesses that fail to provide protective equipment or require masks.
“We have prioritized businesses. We haven’t done anything for the workers,” said state Rep. Dewey McClain, a Democrat from Lawrenceville. “Everyone wants businesses to be open, but do we want to take care of the workers? If you want to take care of the workers, you would vote no on this.”
Under the law, companies are shielded from legal liability unless they show “gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm.”