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Governor Mike Parson hints COVID-19 liability may be a topic if he calls a special session


June 9, 2020 - Governor Mike Parson in his daily press briefing today answered a question from a reporter regarding the calling of special sessions.


Governor Parson said he was considering the timing, topics and how many special sessions may or may not be called. He said protecting businesses from legal liability related to the COVID-19 pandemic was under consideration as a possible topic. Associated Industries of Missouri and a broad coalition of groups led by the Missouri Civil Justice Reform Coalition were working on such liability protection during the recently completed regular legislative session that ended May 15, 2020.


Parson said he was not interested in allowing people to take advantage of "good, hard-working people that were out there trying to do a job" by filing lawsuits, especially when they "were trying to save people's lives."


"I'm not for that, but the legislative body will make that decision and if we have a special session, that will be part of the discussion," he said.


"We agree with Governor Parson and certainly support protections for all businesses from frivolous lawsuits, especially those that want to use this public health crisis as the next big lawsuit payday," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri.

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