DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A bill Republican lawmakers passed that would offer broad protection from coronavirus lawsuits for doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, meatpacking plants, restaurants and other businesses was signed into law Thursday by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The measure, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, was opposed by Democrats, who tried to amend it to offer protections for meatpacking plant workers and residents of nursing homes.
Republicans defeated those efforts. Similar efforts to curb COVID-19 liability lawsuits are underway in Congress and several other states.