The Tennessee Safe Harbor and Recovery Act passed the Tennessee House of Representatives. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson), is an effort heavily supported by the Tennessee Chamber and approximately 30 other business trade associations and will implement common sense safe harbor provisions for Tennessee businesses and other entities. “Today, the House took a huge step toward providing necessary protections for teachers, frontline healthcare workers, and businesses across our state. This is one way to demonstrate we are serious about Tennessee being open for business,” said Representative Curcio.
The Senate passed its version of the legislation last Thursday with overwhelming support. The legislation will now head back to the Senate where the two chambers will attempt to reconcile differences between the slightly different versions of the bill. If no compromise can be reached easily, each speaker will appoint members to serve on a conference committee to attempt to produce a compromise.
Retroactive Dates: The main difference is the effective dates, Senate version is March 5th, 2020 while the House version will be July 1st. The Tennessee Chamber and all other groups STRONGLY support the May 5th date since it will cover the time during the pandemic essential businesses and manufacturers were running. If the final bill does not include the March 5th,2020 date there is a substantial gap for businesses to be subjected to frivolous claims. Attorneys from the Tennessee Chamber believe the provisions would be held constitutional based on the procedural nature of the claim. An analysis is available by clicking here. WE URGE YOU TO CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND NOTE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE MARCH 5TH DATE OF COVERAGE. THAT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO AVOID FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS.