The Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Wednesday heard sponsor testimony from State Representative State Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) in support of House Bill 621, the Business Fairness Act.
 
Wilkin said to the committee, “If you value Ohio business, both small and large, here in Ohio, then House Bill 621 is for you. If you believe in the ingenuity of the Ohio workforce, then House Bill 621 is for you. If you believe in the entrepreneurial spirit we so often talk about here in Columbus, then House Bill 621 is for you. Yes, Committee members, it is really that simple. House Bill 621 is a pro-Ohio bill.”
 
House Bill 621 levels the playing field for all businesses during an emergency, pandemic or bioterrorism attack. Under House Bill 621, if a business is required to cease or limit operation they would be able to partially reopen, should they meet the safety standards which other businesses that are deemed essential are required to meet.
 
The Business Fairness Act passed out of the House on Nov. 18. It will continue to have hearings in the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee.

State Representative Wilkin is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed during the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 91st Ohio House District, serving residents of Clinton, Highland and Pike counties, as well as residents in a portion of Ross County.