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Governor Abbott Discusses COVID-19 Lawsuits, Unaccompanied Minors In North Texas

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At Bison Coolers in North Richland Hills, Governor Greg Abbott supported bills that would shield businesses from what he called frivolous Covid-19 related lawsuits.

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- From our Jack Fink today, Governor Greg Abbott says that he wants to protect Texas businesses from facing frivolous lawsuits claiming that they to business spread COVID-19. The governor, in fact, came here to North Texas where he discussed that and a few other major issues that are currently facing our state.

JACK FINK: At Bison Coolers in North Richland Hills, Governor Abbott supported bills that would shield businesses from what he called frivolous COVID-19 related lawsuits. He said it's often hard to prove where and how someone contracted the virus.

GREG ABBOTT: We think that even though a small business would be successful in defending themselves against this litigation, they would still turn out to be a loser because of all the money they had to spend defending themselves.

JACK FINK: The Texas Trial Lawyers Association opposes the legislation, saying lawyers and juries should consider the lawsuits, not politicians. But the governor and two state lawmakers said businesses that acted recklessly would not be protected under these bills.

The State Senate will be holding a hearing on this bill tomorrow. Also today, Governor Abbott spoke out about different issues making headlines.

GREG ABBOTT: That is why I made--

JACK FINK: Governor Abbott is having the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigate drinking water at two federal facilities housing unaccompanied minors who crossed into Texas. A TCEQ spokesman said the agency issued a do not use notice for the drinking water at the Midland facility because the well hadn't been used in a while.

GREG ABBOTT: And that's exactly why the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is undertaking an investigation of that water source to make sure that nobody will be exposed to arsenic, or any other type of bacteria--

JACK FINK: The Biden administration told CBS 11 Saturday all children and staff have bottled water to drink at Midland. The governor also said 10% of the unaccompanied minors at two federal facilities in Texas have COVID.

GREG ABBOTT: This raises great concerns.

JACK FINK: The Biden administration hasn't responded to our question about this yet. Jack Fink, CBS 11 News.