Bill shielding businesses from COVID lawsuits becomes law


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor stood aside to allow a bill become law that protects an array of businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. But he warned Monday that the new law is likely to draw a court challenge.

The measure was backed by business interests. It became law without Gov. Andy Beshear’s signature. A veto would have killed it since the legislative session has ended.

The Democratic governor pointed to the efforts of Republican House Speaker David Osborne to narrow the bill as a reason he allowed it to become law. Despite the changes, Beshear says the law is likely to be challenged on constitutional issues.

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