State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) supported the House passage House Bill 621, legislation that allows any business that can comply with safety standards from government orders or regulations to stay open. Cutrona signed on as a cosponsor of the bill.
“We’ve seen many businesses devastated by this pandemic and today the House moved forward in approving legislation that can directly help them in facing future shutdowns,” said Cutrona. “Businesses, their workers and families have been struggling to make ends meet, even with the safety precautions in place. This bill ensures that businesses meeting those health standards can stay open while not having to live in an environment of instability and fear that they may be shut down again.”
The bill, known as the Business Fairness Act, creates competitive fairness by giving small businesses the ability to maintain operations during a public health emergency.
House Bill 621 is supported by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, and Ohio Small Business Council.
The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.