PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds of South Carolina Businesses Call on Federal Delegation to Pass Liability Protections
August 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2020
Katie Titus, Director of Government Affairs/Media Relations Manager
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Hundreds of South Carolina Businesses Call on Federal Delegation to Pass Liability Protections
COLUMBIA, SC – In a letter organized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce sent Tuesday to the members of the South Carolina Federal Legislative Delegation, nearly 250 businesses – ranging from education to healthcare and small business to manufacturing – called for members to support S. 4317, the SAFE TO WORK Act. This legislation provides a temporary and targeted safe harbor for businesses who acted in good faith to keep their employees and customers safe. Businesses are encouraging congressional leaders to include the provisions of the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Phase IV COVID-19 relief package.
The letter was sent to all nine members of the South Carolina Federal Legislative Delegation which includes: Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Joe Cunningham, Congressman Joe Wilson, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Congressman William Timmons, Congressman Ralph Norman, Congressman Jim Clyburn, and Congressman Tom Rice. Congress is in the midst of negotiations on the Phase IV bill, and details will likely be finalized over the next week or two.
“South Carolina’s schools, small businesses and employers that are following safety guidelines need protection from frivolous lawsuits,” said Ted Pitts, President and CEO of the SC Chamber. “Thirty-two other states have already implemented some type of safe harbor protections. We need our elected leaders on both the federal and state level to provide targeted protections for the good actors that are serving us during the pandemic.”
Click here to read the letter.
About the SC Chamber: The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the State’s Champion for Business, with a vision to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work, and do business. A statewide organization that promotes pro-job and business policies at the state and federal level, it brings together businesses across the state with coordinated strategies, trainings, committees, and events. With a unified voice, we can make the biggest impact. Our member insights shape the policies we write, and the agenda we promote at the State House. You can learn more at www.scchamber.net