Letter Regarding House Bill 1737/Temporary Liability Protections

This letter was sent on November 11, 2020 to Pennsylvania’s Honorable State Lawmakers regarding the House Bill 1737/Temporary Liability Protections. Those who have signed and endorsed this letter are at the end of the letter.

To Pennsylvania’s Honorable State Lawmakers:

On behalf of our chambers of commerce, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania employers, we write to urge your support for temporary safe harbor from unwarranted lawsuits, while still holding bad actors accountable.

While safeguarding public health is top priority, the tragedy befalling businesses is real.  Pennsylvanians who had successful companies just a few months ago are going bankrupt, draining savings, seeing their life’s work swept away. Those who have been allowed to maintain operations or are planning to resume may face an uncertain future; the daunting reality of climbing out of a hole with fewer customers and a grim outlook; and significant additional costs to comply with new regulations.

Additionally threatening to individual employers, and therefore prospects for economic recovery, is the likelihood of unwarranted pandemic-related lawsuits. For the foreseeable future, employers will be subject to strict workplace health requirements and those who take necessary precautions to protect customers and employees should proceed with confidence knowing they will not be targeted with frivolous, and potentially devastating, litigation.

We are grateful for the public support provided to employers thus far; however, the pandemic’s economic impact has been relentless and so must be the public response.  We urge you to support temporary, targeted legal safe harbor for those employers and healthcare providers operating in good faith and complying with relevant requirements.

Thank you.

Gene Barr
President & CEO
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Doris Carson Williams
President and CEO
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania
Lynda Pozzuto
Executive Director
Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of Commerce
Jenny Hetro
Executive Director
Back Mountain Chamber
Helen Kissick
President & Executive Director
Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
Kellie Goodman Shaffer
President/CEO
Bedford County Chamber of Commerce
Joseph Hurd
President/CEO
Blair County Chamber of Commerce
Stan Kosciuszko
President
Butler County Chamber of Commerce
Amy Bradley
President/CEO
Cambria Regional Chamber
Michelle Crowley
President & CEO
Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Vail Garvin
President & CEO
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Tea Jay Aikey
President & CEO
Central PA Chamber of Commerce
Vern Squier
President & CEO
Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County
Pam Kelly
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery Country
Robert Wonderling
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Guy Ciarrocchi
President & CEO
Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
Tracy Becker
Executive Director
Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry
Fred Gaffney
President
Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
Chris Hornick
Executive Director
Corry Area Chamber of Commerce
Trish McFarland
President
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Steve Plaugher
Executive Director
Downingtown Thorndale Chamber of Commerce
Jodi August
Executive Director
Dubois Area Chamber of Commerce
Wendy Klinghoffer
Executive Director
Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
James Grunke
President/CEO
Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership
Laurie Ryan President
Exton Region Chamber of Commerce
Muriel Nuttall
Executive Director
Fayette Chamber of Commerce
Briana Tomack
President & CEO
Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce
T. Anthony Iannelli
President & CEO
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Matt Smith
President
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Michelle Mikitish
Executive Vice President
Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce
Jim Gerlach
President and CEO
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Bob Garrett
President/CEO
Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce
Jackie Mowen
Executive Director
Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce
Dave Fairman
Interim President
Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
Valerie Meyers
Interim Executive Director
Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce
Melody Longstreth
Executive Director
Greene County Chamber of Commerce
Beth Black
Executive Director
Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
Gary Laird
President
Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce
Dave Black
President & CEO
Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
Yvonne Martin
President/CEO
Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
Steven Hunsberger
Executive Director
Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce
Mark Hilliard
President
Indian County Chamber of Commerce
Rhonda Moore
Executive Director
Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce
Thomas Baldrige
President & CEO
Lancaster Chamber
Alex McCoy
C.E.O.
Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Karen Groh
President/CEO
Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Scott Haines
Executive Director
Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Minesh V. Pathak
Executive Director
Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce
Christa Lundy
Executive Director
Meadville Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Palm
Executive Director Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce
Leanna Hopkins Spada
Executive Director
Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ryan Rosembaum
Executive Director
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Stanley LaFuria
Executive Director
Moshannon Valley Econ. Dev. Partnership & Chamber Services
Lori Donofrio-Galley
Executive Director
Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce
Rosanne Barry Novotnak
President
Norwin Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Graver
President
Pennridge Chamber of Commerce
Renee Blomstrom
Executive Director
Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce
Taira Little
Director
Perry County Chamber of Commerce
Brian Schill
Executive Director
Peters Township Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Capistrant
President/CEO
Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chris Heck
President/CEO
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
Jim Boltz
President
Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber
Robert Carl
President & CEO
Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce
Laura McLain
Executive Director
Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce
Ron Aldom
Executive Director
Somerset County Chamber of Commerce
Cheryl Kuhn
President & CEO
Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce 
Carrie  Stuart
President
The Chamber of Gettysburg & Adams County
Holly Przasnyski
Executive Director/President
The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
Bernard Dagenais
President & CEO
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce
Eileen Dautrich
President
TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce
Danielle Bodnar
Executive Director
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Luanne Stauffer
President
Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber
Susan Williams
President/CEO
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Kotula
President
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Julie VanNess
Executive Director
Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce
George Book
President & CEO
West Shore Chamber of Commerce
Donna Steltz
Executive Director
Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce
Chad Amond
President & CEO
Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce
Jason Fink
President/CEO
Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce
Gina Severcool Suydam
President
Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Schreiber
President & CEO
York County Economic Alliance