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March 23, 2021      9:54 PM

As COVID liability bill starts its way through the Texas Senate, nursing home residents raise objections

This session, Chair Hancock has made a point of gathering stakeholders on his key bills to mediate specific terms and language; TTLA had minor quibbles with the language

The omnibus COVID liability bill in the Senate – Senate Bill 6 – had its first hearing in Senate Business & Commerce Tuesday with one major dissent: nursing home residents.

The bill, negotiated by Chairman Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, is a broad one, encompassing everyone from doctors to PPE manufacturers to caretakers.

Large groups such as the Texas Medical Association support the bill, and plenty of other stakeholders, including the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and Texans for Lawsuit Reform, were at today’s initial SB 6 hearing to make their thoughts known.

During today’s hearing, Sen. Hancock said heroes on the front line of the COVID pandemic should be recognized for their honest and well-meaning efforts.

By Kimberly Reeves

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