State Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) announces that House Bill 606, known as the “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill,” passed the Ohio House. The legislation protects individuals, schools, healthcare professionals, and businesses from frivolous lawsuits arising out of the pandemic.

“This legislation is good for workers and employers during this time of economic recovery,” said Greenspan. “This important bill gives businesses, healthcare professionals, essential workers, and schools the ability to safely and securely help those in need and to move forward in reopening while not being fearful of frivolous lawsuits.”

The “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill” ensures civil immunity to individuals, schools, the health care community, and businesses from lawsuits arising out of the pandemic. Health care providers are immune for the actions, omissions, decisions or compliance with government orders unless it constitutes reckless disregard for life or health of the patient.

“I also want to emphasize that this bill keeps public health in mind as it does not give those a pass who act recklessly,” said Greenspan. “It does not provide immunity for those acting in bad faith, but rather protects those trying to do the right thing.”

The immunity is set to last from March 9, 2020, the date of the emergency declaration, through September 30, 2021.

Over 50 organizations have submitted support for the legislation during the committee process which includes the Ohio Healthcare Association, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Association of Civil Justice, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Ohio Salon Association, Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, Ohio Dental Association, Ohio Hospital Association, the Inter-University Council of Ohio’s Public Universities, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and many more.

Once approved by the Senate, the bill will go to the Governor for his signature.

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