COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem), co-sponsor of Senate Bill 134, today joined his Senate colleagues in passing the Business Fairness Act, which will ensure small businesses have a level playing field with their larger competitors during a public health emergency.
"During the committee process, it became overwhelmingly clear that Ohio put small business owners at an unfair and inexcusable disadvantage throughout the coronavirus pandemic," said Senator Rulli, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Economic Opportunity Committee. "Bureaucratic overreach should never hurt business in the way we saw last year, and the Business Fairness Act is a step in the right direction."
Because of the pandemic, many small businesses were forced to shut down temporarily, while allowing larger stores to continue their operations. For many Ohio businesses, this temporary shutdown resulted in permanently closing their doors.
Supported by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, NFIB, and Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, this legislation will allow small businesses to remain open so long as they observe the same safety requirements imposed on businesses that were not required to limit or cease operations.