The original instrument was prepared by Jerry J. Guillot and the following digest,
which constitutes no part of the legislative instrument, was prepared by Michelle D.
Ridge.
DIGEST
SB 489 Reengrossed 2020 Regular Session McMath
Proposed law provides that a governmental entity which is in substantial compliance with
Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 and any subsequent related proclamations and associated
guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall not have civil liability for
injury or death due to COVID-19 infection transmitted through an alleged exposure occurring on its
premises or through the services provided by the governmental entity during the COVID-19 public
health emergency as declared by Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020, unless the injury or death was
caused by gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.
Proposed law defines a "governmental entity" as the state, all agencies, boards, committees, or
commissions of the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of state government, and any political
subdivision which employs the public employee or employed the former public employee.
Proposed law provides that due to the imminent threat posed by COVID-19 as provided in
Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 and any subsequent related proclamations, declaring the
existence of a statewide public health emergency, proposed law shall be retroactive to March 11,
2020.
Effective upon signature of the governor or lapse of time for gubernatorial action.
(Adds R.S. 29:773)
Summary of Amendments Adopted by Senate
Committee Amendments Proposed by Senate Committee on Judiciary A to the original bill
1. Provides that a governmental entity which is in substantial compliance with
Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 and any subsequent related proclamations and
associated guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control, shall not have civil
liability for injury or death due to COVID-19 infection transmitted through an alleged
exposure occurring on its premises or through the services provided by the
governmental entity during the COVID-19 public health emergency as declared by
Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020, unless the injury or death was caused by gross
negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.
2. Provides that due to the imminent threat posed by COVID-19 as provided in
Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 and any subsequent related proclamations,
declaring the existence of a statewide public health emergency, proposed law shall
be retroactive to March 11, 2020.
Summary of Amendments Adopted by Senate
Senate Floor Amendments to engrossed bill
1. Makes technical correction.