Small Business Commends Alaska Lawmakers for Passing Important COVID Legislation

Date: May 03, 2021

NFIB Thanks Lawmakers for Passing Top Priority Legislation

The head of Alaska’s small business association, NFIB, or the National Federation of Independent Business, today thanks the Alaska legislature for acting on our number one legislative priority and passing a broad liability immunity for small businesses. House Bill 76 (HB76) provides liability protections for businesses following applicable heath mandates or government guidelines in communities without mandates.

 

“Leading up to legislative session we reached out to small businesses across the state. Over 80% identified protection from liability from COVID-19 transmission as being the most important issue facing small business in Alaska. Small businesses were clear that the liability risk from COVID-19 was a barrier to re-opening the economy.” Said Thor Stacey, NFIB State Director in Alaska.

 

The passage of HB 76 that includes the liability immunity sends a clear message that the Alaska legislature has small business owners back as they work get back on their feet after a global economic and health pandemic.

 

“Small business owners in Alaska are thankful for the action by the legislature and are now confident the governor will follow suit. This action is a nod to our small business community that lawmakers understand the challenges they face. Our small business owners in Alaska appreciate that lawmakers realize the threat of frivolous lawsuits from predatory lawyers looking to make a buck. Our small business owners are trying to do the right thing: keep their customers and employees safe while recovering from the pandemic,”– Thor Stacey, NFIB State Director in Alaska.

 

Alaska’s response to the pandemic has been broadly hailed as a success based on all of the most important metrics. Alaska is currently a leader in vaccination rates as well as having some of the lowest mortalities from COVID-19 infections, yet its economy is struggling in the wake of government mandates effecting all sectors but especially the tourism industry. Given the successful response to the pandemic and the legislature’s prioritizing small business, Alaska is closer to full economic recovery and a return to normalcy.

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