The Ohio House has unanimously rejected Senate changes to a bill that would shield first responders, businesses and schools from coronavirus-related lawsuits from patients, customers or students.
The vote sends the bill to a conference committee. After that, both the House and Senate must sign off on a final bill before it goes to Gov. Mike DeWine, who says he supports the idea.
State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) calls this a “good Samaritan bill,” saying it would protect responsible businesses, entities and workers from what she calls frivolous lawsuits that could come from following state cleanliness guidelines all the way to making life-and-death decisions on who gets medical supplies.
“If you're reckless or if you do something intentionally, you aren't covered. It's a very low standard, but it's only for COVID and it's only for protecting the people who are making the quick decisions,” Grendell said
Grendell, who thinks businesses and schools should all be open, noted there was little opponent testimony and only a handful of no votes.
“We had two opponents that were from nursing homes saying that it let everybody have free reign. And no, it doesn't. It's only for COVID and they’re not protected if they're reckless or if they do something intentionally to harm somebody with COVID,” she said.