Ohio House Passes Bill Preventing Pandemic-Related Business Shutdowns


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A move meant to keep businesses open during the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio was made by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The chamber passed House Bill 621, which prevents Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health from shutting down businesses in the state during the pandemic.

The final vote on the bill was 75-11.

Governor Mike DeWine addressed the move during a speech Thursday at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, saying it is the wrong move at the wrong time, and does not help with the health and safety of Ohioans during the pandemic.

The Business Fairness Act now heads to the Ohio Senate. DeWine indicated he plans to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.