For Immediate Release
Friday, March 26, 2021
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement attributed to its President & CEO Tom Feeney commending the Florida Legislature for passing Senate Bill 72 relating to Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19.
“AIF and its members applaud and thank the Florida Legislature for passing Senate Bill 72 today to provide civil immunity from COVID-19 liability for businesses that acted in good faith during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Overall, Florida’s businesses community admirably responded to the pandemic, often implementing rigorous proactive measures to ensure the safety of employees and customers alike, all in an effort to protect the economy, get people back to work and provide essential goods and services. But by simply continuing to operate, these businesses ran the risk of potentially facing a multitude of opportunistic lawsuits that would add to their financial hardships.
“This was the most pressing issue for businesses identified by the RESET Task Force, as it could impact every industry and every business, large or small, throughout Florida. It’s clear the Florida Legislature, under the leadership of Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls, recognized this threat and we commend the swift action they took to protect Florida businesses.
“Now, with this legislation, Florida businesses can predict their COVID-19-related litigation risks, remain viable, and continue to contribute to the state's economic recovery and well-being.”
Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.
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