According to a report from Local12, the Ohio General Assembly is inching closer to passing a controversial bill that would absolve any medical provider or business against any coronavirus-related incidents.
On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee approved a fourth draft of the bill, which includes amendments extending this immunity to additional businesses such as emergency rooms and health clubs.
Many advocacy groups and lawyers worry that the bill protects actions outside of COVID-19-related events.
The new bill aims to protect businesses and government agencies from lawsuits.
For example, under the bill, a prison guard would not be able to sue the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for negligence if he contracts COVID-19 on the job.
However, the bill does state that someone could be sued for reckless behavior, but does so a higher standard than those for negligence or gross negligence represented in other lawsuits.
House Majority Leader Bill Seitz (R), who represents Green Township, is the co-sponsor of the House version of the bill. He stated that the bill will focus on COVID-19 cases for both medical professionals and businesses.