At our library, we have gotten several questions lately about the issue of hospitals or nursing homes telling people they are not liable for injuries or deaths that occur related to the coronavirus.
Is that really a law? our callers ask.
The answer: yes, it is.
The law is S.B. 704, the COVID-19 Recovery Act, which was passed in 2020. Among other things, the law provides significant liability protection for health care facilities and providers “that may result from treatment of individuals during the COVID-19 public health emergency under conditions resulting from circumstances associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
This article explains the law in more detail.
While we’re on the subject, did you know the library maintains an up-to-date list of COVID-related laws, policies, and resources? Check it out here.
What is our library asked for the most? Good question.
Statuses of bills, certainly.
Committee minutes, without a doubt.
Candy? Well, Easter is coming up.
And reports. We generally have two types: those by the legislature and those written for the legislature by other agencies. Many of them are in full text on our website.
Don’t see the report you need? Let us know! We might be able to track it down.