By a bipartisan vote of 8-0, SB 6 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) has cleared the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee and will now head to House Calendars Committee. The House version of the bill, HB 3659, was heard in JCJ two weeks ago and had been awaiting arrival of the Senate bill. The substitute makes some technical changes and removes the sections of the bill related to Chapter 79, CPRC. These provisions would have triggered the emergency room standard of care in any future declared statewide disaster, not just a pandemic-related disaster. Chairman Leach decided to remove this language in response to objections by members of the committee and others over the scope of the bill. Senator Hancock and Rep. Leach also agreed on additional language to clarify that a person who in good faith substantially complies with at least one conflicting government-promulgated order, rule, or declaration receives the liability protections of the bill. Please join TCJL in once again thanking Sen. Hancock, Rep. Leach, and their staffs for their tireless efforts to garner bipartisan support for this important legislation.

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