TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new bill into law, protecting businesses, schools and other institutions from liability related to the COVID-19 pandemic during a somewhat unconventional news conference Monday in Tallahassee.
Before the governor spoke, Highway 85, a band based in Tallahassee, performed a rendition of The Beatles’ “With a little help from my friends.”
Following the song, the governor spoke about SB 72. The bill, which is effective immediately, will protect businesses, health care providers, schools and government entities from lawsuits brought as a result of the pandemic.
“We don’t want to be in a situation where people are scared of being sued just for doing normal things,” DeSantis said. “I think that the Legislature has been able to deliver today, so we’re excited about being here. We’re excited about being able to sign the bill. I think it’s very common sense.”
The legislation was the first bill to go to the governor during the 60-day legislative session that began March 2.