Governor Mike Parson expanded his call for a special session to include a new bill regarding COVID-19 liability. The proposed legislation provides liability protections relating to a declared state of emergency for health care providers, manufacturers, businesses, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations, among others. Governor Parson signed an executive order in March declaring a state of emergency, and since that time medical providers and hospitals, and businesses have altered or modified operations. Parson said none of those groups should be penalized for their efforts to respond to a declared state of emergency and must be able to continue operating and serving the public without risk of unnecessary or frivolous claims.
With that in mind, the Governor supports proposed legislation regarding liability protection. The legislation includes Liability protection for health care workers who provide care as necessitated by a declared state of emergency, and products liability protection for any person who designs, manufactures, labels, sells, distributes, or donates products in direct response to a declared state of emergency.