Chaney Appoints Subcommittee to Examine COVID-19 Liability

(Boise) Representative Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell), chairman of the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee announced today that he has chosen Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, to chair a subcommittee on the topic of coronavirus civil liability.

The Judiciary, Rules, and Administration committee was responsible for considering the risk of lawsuits related to COVID-19 during the 2020 extraordinary legislative session—a debate that became the central focus of the August session. Rep. Young sponsored the bill that was ultimately passed by the legislature that granted immunity to liability for companies, school districts, and others for the transmission of coronavirus unless the entity acted recklessly. However, the provision will expire on July 1, 2021 unless the legislature takes further action.

“Rep. Young demonstrated strong leadership in the area of coronavirus liability over the summer,” Chaney noted, “I have great confidence that she is the ideal person to lead further inquiry into and deliberation on this very complex subject.”

The full membership of the Coronavirus Liability Subcommittee as appointed by Chaney is as follows:

Rep. Julianne Young, Chairman

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy

Rep. Gary Marshall

Rep. Ron Nate

Rep. David Cannon

Rep. Bruce Skaug

Rep. John Gannon

Rep. James Ruchti

The letter detailing the committee’s charge is below:

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