April 5, 2021

Gov. Ducey signs COVID-19 liability shield into law

Critics say measure would reward bad actors who flouted health guidance and endangered their workers or the public

360 ducey jan 2021 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sits for an interview with Arizona 360 in his office at the Arizona Capitol on Jan. 13, 2021.
AZPM Staff

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation giving businesses, nursing homes and others a broad shield from lawsuits related to COVID-19.

Backers say businesses struggled during the pandemic and shouldn’t have to worry about the potential for frivolous lawsuits.

Democrats say the measure would reward bad actors who flouted health guidance and endangered their workers or the public.

Ducey called for the measure in his state-of-the-state address in January. He signed it Monday without comment. Similar legislation has been introduced across the country and in Congress.

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