State By State Advocacy Series – September 2020 Western Recap

NMMA continues to provide its monthly recap of advocacy activity at the state level. First up is the Western region. Contact Libby Yranski, lyranski@nmma.org with questions.

Business Liability:

  • Utah: SB 3007 was signed into law by Governor Hubert and limits liability fordamages or an injury resulting from exposure of an individual to COVID-19 on the premises owned or operated by the person.
  • Kansas: HB 2016 grants civil immunity to businesses for a COVID-19 claim if such person was in substantial compliance with public health directives. The new law will expire on January 26, 2021.
  • Bills that would protect businesses from civil liability have failed in California, New Mexico and Arizona. Bills in Arizona and California were passed by one chamber but failed when the legislature ended before the other chamber took action.

Conservation: California’s AB 3030, which failed to pass the Senate Appropriations before the session adjourned, would have set a goal to protect 30 percent of the state’s land and coastal waters by 2030. NMMA supports conservation and the intent of the international “30x30” movement. NMMA expects this bill to be reintroduced during the 2021 legislative session.