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Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Holley wants Murphy to conditionally veto COVID-19 immunity bill

Measure provides malpractice protections to healthcare workers

By Nikita Biryukov, April 14 2020 8:50 am

A Democratic legislator who has declined to rule out a primary challenge to Gov. Phil Murphy, called on the governor to conditionally veto a bill that would provide healthcare workers and hospitals with immunity from criminal and civil malpractice lawsuits.

“I am hoping that Gov. Phil Murphy provides a conditional veto that strikes the immunity aspect, allowing families the options and legal right without legislative interference or interpretation,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley said. “I’m recommending the governor support the remainder of the bill, which actually provides assistance to the ongoing efforts of this pandemic.”

The measure, advanced by the Senate and Assembly in electronic sessions held Monday, only applies during the current public health emergency and does not provide immunity for actual fraud, actual malice, gross negligence, recklessness or willful misconduct.

The bill’s boosters have said the measure is needed to bolster the healthcare work force amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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