Arkansas governor gives businesses virus lawsuit protections

Fort Smith, Arkansas September 24, 2019 - The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith Arkansas choose the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals to dedicate it’s brand new Hall of Honor and the museum building itself. This is the first part of the museum to be finished so far, the museum is still under construction and hopes to open to the public by the end of next year. Speakers at todays dedication included Doug Babb, Sam T. Sicard, Robert A. Young III, Ltd. Governor Tim Griffin, Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Marshals Director Donald Washington. Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor has granted health care providers and businesses protections against coronavirus lawsuits as the number of people testing positive and hospitalized with COVID-19 continue to climb. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed executive orders granting immunity to businesses and providers who don’t engage in willful or reckless conduct during the pandemic. The Republican governor also signed another order assuring workers’ compensation coverage for employees infected with the virus because of their job. The orders follow a push by Republican lawmakers who had called on the governor to convene a special session to take up the protections.