The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation last Monday that would amend the Tort Claims Act to grant further immunity to state, county and municipal governments from lawsuits arising from any problems caused by the Year 2000 computer bug.

The Assembly gave its initial approval to the bill, A-2511, in a 71-0 vote in May. Monday’s 26-7 Senate vote approved an amended version of the bill and returned it to the Assembly for concurrence. The Assembly must act before Jan. 10, the end of the current legislative session.

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