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CS/SB 72: Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19

GENERAL BILL by Rules ; Brandes ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Perry ; Baxley ; Hutson

Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19; Specifying requirements for civil actions based on COVID-19-related claims; requiring the court to make certain determinations in such actions; providing that plaintiffs have the burden of proof in such actions; providing preliminary procedures for civil actions based on COVID-19-related claims; requiring COVID-19-related claims to commence within specified timeframes, etc.

Effective Date: 3/29/2021
Last Action: 3/29/2021 - Chapter No. 2021-1
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Judiciary (JU)
  2. Commerce and Tourism (CM)
  3. Rules (RC)

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    1/6/2021 Senate • Filed
    1/14/2021 Senate • Referred to Judiciary; Commerce and Tourism; Rules -SJ 41
    1/15/2021 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 01/25/21, 2:30 pm, 412 Knott Building
    1/25/2021 Senate • Favorable by Judiciary; YEAS 7 NAYS 4 -SJ 176
    1/26/2021 Senate • Now in Commerce and Tourism
    2/16/2021 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Commerce and Tourism, 02/15/21, 3:30 pm, 110 Senate Building --Temporarily Postponed
    2/25/2021 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Commerce and Tourism, 03/02/21, 1:30 pm, 110 Senate Building
    3/2/2021 Senate • Introduced -SJ 41
    • Favorable by Commerce and Tourism; YEAS 7 NAYS 4 -SJ 191
    3/3/2021 Senate • Now in Rules
    3/8/2021 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/11/21, 8:15 am, 412 Knott Building
    3/11/2021 Senate • CS by- Rules; YEAS 10 NAYS 5 -SJ 248
    3/15/2021 Senate • Pending reference review -under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
    • Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
    • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/18/21 -SJ 270
    3/16/2021 Senate • CS by Rules read 1st time -SJ 249
    3/18/2021 Senate • Read 2nd time -SJ 264
    • Amendment(s) failed (273472, 433794, 645490, 735608) -SJ 264
    • Amendment(s) adopted (549168) -SJ 264, 267
    • Read 3rd time -SJ 267
    • CS passed as amended; YEAS 24 NAYS 15 -SJ 267
    • Immediately certified -SJ 270
    3/18/2021 House • In Messages
    • Bill referred to House Calendar
    • Bill added to Special Order Calendar (3/25/2021)
    • 1st Reading (Engrossed 1)
    3/25/2021 House • Read 2nd time
    • Placed on 3rd reading
    • Added to Third Reading Calendar
    3/26/2021 House • Read 3rd time
    • CS passed; YEAS 83, NAYS 31
    • Immediately certified
    3/26/2021 Senate • Ordered enrolled -SJ 333
    3/26/2021 House • Message sent to senate
    3/29/2021 • Signed by Officers and presented to Governor -SJ 333
    • Approved by Governor -SJ 332
    • Chapter No. 2021-1

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  • CS/SB 72, Enrolled (Current Bill Version) Posted 3/26/2021 at 3:26 PM

    Bill Text:   Web Page | PDF
    Analyses:   None

    Related Bills (4)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    H 7 (c1) Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 Judiciary Committee Compare Last Action: 3/23/2021 S Received -SJ 286
    H 1617 Public Emergencies and Assistance Jenne, Learned Compare Last Action: 3/9/2021 H Now in Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee
    H 7005 (c2) Civil Liability for Covid-19-related Claims Against Certain Health Care Providers Health and Human Services Committee Compare Last Action: 3/16/2021 H Added to Second Reading Calendar
    S 74 COVID-19-related Claims Against Health Care Providers Brandes Compare Last Action: 3/11/2021 S On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/11/21, 8:15 am, 412 Knott Building --Not Considered

    Citations - Statutes (2)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    768.38 Page 5 (pdf)
    768.381 Page 9 (pdf)

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  • CS/SB 72, Engrossed 1 Posted 3/18/2021 at 3:55 PM

    Bill Text:   Web Page | PDF
    Analyses:   None

    Related Bills (4)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    H 7 (c1) Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 Judiciary Committee Compare Last Action: 3/23/2021 S Received -SJ 286
    H 1617 Public Emergencies and Assistance Jenne, Learned Compare Last Action: 3/9/2021 H Now in Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee
    H 7005 (c2) Civil Liability for Covid-19-related Claims Against Certain Health Care Providers Health and Human Services Committee Compare Last Action: 3/16/2021 H Added to Second Reading Calendar
    S 74 COVID-19-related Claims Against Health Care Providers Brandes Compare Last Action: 3/11/2021 S On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/11/21, 8:15 am, 412 Knott Building --Not Considered

    Floor Votes (1)

    Date Chamber Result
    3/26/2021 2:47 PM House 83 Yeas - 31 Nays

    Citations - Statutes (2)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    768.38 Page 5 (pdf)
    768.381 Page 9 (pdf)

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  • CS/SB 72, Committee Substitute 1 Posted 3/15/2021 at 9:26 AM

    Bill Text:   Web Page | PDF
    Analyses:   None

    Related Bills (4)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    H 7 (c1) Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 Judiciary Committee Compare Last Action: 3/23/2021 S Received -SJ 286
    H 1617 Public Emergencies and Assistance Jenne, Learned Compare Last Action: 3/9/2021 H Now in Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee
    H 7005 (c2) Civil Liability for Covid-19-related Claims Against Certain Health Care Providers Health and Human Services Committee Compare Last Action: 3/16/2021 H Added to Second Reading Calendar
    S 74 COVID-19-related Claims Against Health Care Providers Brandes Compare Last Action: 3/11/2021 S On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/11/21, 8:15 am, 412 Knott Building --Not Considered

    Floor Amendments (9)

    Amendment Sponsor Filed Last Floor Action Format
    273472 - Amendment
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    Berman 3/17/2021
    12:45 PM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
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    433794 - Amendment
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    Torres 3/17/2021
    1:04 PM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    549168 - Amendment
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    Brandes 3/16/2021
    4:10 PM
    Senate: Adopted
    3/18/2021
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    hierarchy 504394 - Amendment to Amendment (549168)
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    Thurston 3/17/2021
    11:39 AM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
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    hierarchy 930780 - Amendment to Amendment (549168)
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    Thurston 3/17/2021
    1:13 PM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
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    hierarchy 261298 - Amendment to Amendment (549168)
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    Thurston 3/17/2021
    11:08 AM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
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    645490 - Amendment
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    Thurston 3/17/2021
    1:13 PM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
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    hierarchy 735608 - Substitute Amendment (645490)
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    Thurston 3/17/2021
    2:57 PM
    Senate: Failed
    3/18/2021
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    435730 - Amendment
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    Book 3/17/2021
    9:51 AM
    Senate: Withdrawn
    3/18/2021
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    Floor Votes (5)

    Date Chamber Result
    3/18/2021 2:59 PM Senate - Amendment 433794 17 Yeas - 21 Nays
    3/18/2021 3:08 PM Senate - Amendment 735608 18 Yeas - 18 Nays
    3/18/2021 3:12 PM Senate - Amendment 645490 16 Yeas - 22 Nays
    3/18/2021 3:21 PM Senate - Amendment 261298 13 Yeas - 23 Nays
    3/18/2021 3:41 PM Senate 24 Yeas - 15 Nays

    Citations - Statutes (2)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    768.38 Page 5 (pdf)
    768.381 Page 9 (pdf)

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  • SB 72, Original Filed Version Posted 1/6/2021 at 1:11 PM

    Bill Text:   Web Page | PDF
    Analyses:   Judiciary (Pre-Meeting) 1/22/2021 (pdf)
    Judiciary (Post-Meeting) 1/26/2021 (pdf)
    Commerce and Tourism (Pre-Meeting) 3/1/2021 (pdf)
    Commerce and Tourism (Post-Meeting) 3/3/2021 (pdf)
    Rules (Pre-Meeting) 3/9/2021 (pdf)
    Rules (Post-Meeting) 3/15/2021 (pdf)

    Related Bills (2)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    H 7 (c1) Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 Judiciary Committee Similar Last Action: 3/23/2021 S Received -SJ 286
    H 1617 Public Emergencies and Assistance Jenne, Learned Compare Last Action: 3/9/2021 H Now in Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee

    Committee Amendments (33)

    Amendment Sponsor Filed Last Committee Action Format
    951728 - Amendment
    Between lines 108 and 109 insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Powell)
    2/15/2021
    9:49 AM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    446882 - Amendment
    Delete lines 131 - 136 and insert:
    Judiciary
    (Polsky)
    1/22/2021
    2:35 PM
    Unfavorable
    1/26/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    321008 - Amendment
    Delete lines 131 - 136 and insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Pizzo)
    2/15/2021
    1:39 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    258738 - Amendment
    Delete lines 131 - 136 and insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    7:57 AM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
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    PDF
    254800 - Amendment
    Delete lines 141 - 157 and insert:
    Judiciary
    (Rouson)
    1/22/2021
    2:36 PM
    Unfavorable
    1/26/2021
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    PDF
    358018 - Amendment
    Delete lines 141 - 157 and insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Pizzo)
    3/2/2021
    12:19 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    296990 - Amendment
    Delete lines 141 - 151 and insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    7:46 AM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
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    PDF
    466366 - Amendment
    Delete lines 148 - 150 and insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Pizzo)
    2/15/2021
    1:39 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    967620 - Amendment
    Delete lines 152 - 154 and insert:
    Judiciary
    (Polsky)
    1/22/2021
    2:36 PM
    Unfavorable
    1/26/2021
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    PDF
    928904 - Amendment
    Delete lines 152 - 154 and insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Pizzo)
    2/15/2021
    1:40 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
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    113534 - Amendment
    Delete lines 152 - 154 and insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    8:01 AM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
    Web Page
    PDF
    281950 - Amendment
    Between lines 154 and 155 insert:
    Rules
    (Powell)
    3/10/2021
    2:23 PM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
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    581764 - Amendment
    Between lines 163 and 164 insert:
    Judiciary
    (Thurston)
    1/22/2021
    2:36 PM
    Withdrawn
    1/26/2021
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    475864 - Amendment
    Between lines 163 and 164 insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Torres)
    2/12/2021
    2:53 PM
    Withdrawn
    3/3/2021
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    407288 - Amendment
    Between lines 163 and 164 insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Torres)
    2/12/2021
    2:54 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
    Web Page
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    624688 - Amendment
    Between lines 163 and 164 insert:
    Commerce and Tourism
    (Taddeo)
    2/15/2021
    8:18 AM
    Unfavorable
    3/3/2021
    Web Page
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    300896 - Amendment
    Between lines 163 and 164 insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    7:50 AM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
    Web Page
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    936160 - Amendment
    Between lines 163 and 164 insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    7:51 AM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
    Web Page
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    274920 - Amendment (Delete All)
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    Rules
    (Book)
    3/9/2021
    2:18 PM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
    Web Page
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    hierarchy 820166 - Substitute Amendment (274920)
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    Rules
    (Book)
    3/9/2021
    5:40 PM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 300664 - Substitute Amendment (274920)
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    Rules
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    3/10/2021
    3:35 PM
    Out of Order
    3/11/2021
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    149800 - Amendment (Delete All)
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    Rules
    (Brandes)
    3/10/2021
    3:32 PM
    Replaced by Committee Substitute
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 509644 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    8:41 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
    Web Page
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    hierarchy 600008 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
    Delete lines 108 - 110 and insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:18 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 594458 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:33 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 399590 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
    Between lines 117 and 118 insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:38 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 233752 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
    Between lines 137 and 138 insert:
    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:17 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 495044 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:28 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 197850 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Powell)
    3/10/2021
    4:44 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 752206 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Thurston)
    3/10/2021
    5:13 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 734552 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:31 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 399394 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Book)
    3/10/2021
    5:35 PM
    Withdrawn
    3/11/2021
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    hierarchy 777268 - Amendment to Amendment (149800)
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    Rules
    (Farmer)
    3/10/2021
    5:15 PM
    Unfavorable
    3/11/2021
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    Committee Votes (3)

    Date Committee Result
    1/25/2021 2:30 PM Judiciary 7 Yeas - 4 Nays
    3/2/2021 1:30 PM Commerce and Tourism 7 Yeas - 4 Nays
    3/11/2021 8:15 AM Rules 10 Yeas - 5 Nays

    Citations - Statutes (1)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    768.38 Page 3 (pdf)

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