Missouri Senate passes COVID-liability bill

The Missouri Senate approves a COVID-19 liability bill that provides protections for businesses, church, and health-care providers. 

The Kansas City Star reports the measure passed with a 20-13 vote on Tuesday, but lawmakers failed to approve an emergency clause that would have put it into effect immediately once Governor Mike Parson signs it. 

The bill has been a top priority of the governor, with him stating during his State of the State address in January that he wanted it to be the first piece of legislation to hit his desk this year. 

Under the bill, plaintiffs would have to prove “recklessness or willful misconduct” and that the exposure caused personal injury.  It also includes statute of limitations for when such lawsuits could be filed.

The bill now moves to the House.