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Lee bill to include retroactive liability protection for Tennessee businesses

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

(The Center Square) – Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal for limited liability protections for Tennessee businesses, schools and health care providers will include limited retroactive protections.

A retroactive provision would allow legislation to apply to lawsuits in progress before the law is passed. The constitutionality of retroactive efficacy was a sticking point in debates during the final hours of the legislative session in June.

“There is retroactivity in the limited liability protection bill,” Lee told reporters at a news briefing Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol. “The draft of that bill is almost complete, and there is a level of retroactivity.”

The administration’s bill will be considered by state legislators, along with other bills, when they come back to Nashville for a special legislative session next week.

“We believe the way that we’ve constructed this bill, it falls within the confines of the constitution … but that will be discussed by the Legislature,” Lee said. “We will make a proposal to the Legislature, and then it will be hashed out.”

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