COLUMBUS –As National Small Business Week comes to a close, State Rep. Jeffrey A Crossman (D-Parma) continues to call for action on House Democratic legislation to support small businesses that have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small businesses comprise roughly 98 percent of all Ohio businesses and employ half of the state’s private-sector workforce.
“My colleagues and I urge action from the Ohio House on this important package of bills introduced over the past few months,” said Rep. Crossman. “During this unprecedented global pandemic, it is important that the legislature continues to work hard for the people of Ohio, and they pass legislation that creates protections for small business. Legislation like HB 589 would create a much needed safety net for businesses that were crippled by the shutdown. National Small Business Week is another reminder that there still a lot of work to do by the General Assembly amidst COVID-19, and we need to get back to work for the people of Ohio.”
House Democrats have introduced a number of bills to help businesses navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- House Bill (HB) 596 sponsored by Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton): To protect consumers and small business owners from collections efforts by creditors and debt collectors until after the COVID-19 emergency has subsided;
- HB 589 sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) and Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake): To allow business interruption insurance to cover certain pandemic- related losses;
- HCR 26 sponsored by Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid): To urge Congress and the President to prohibit internet service providers from terminating internet service to residential customers and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- HB 609 sponsored by Rep. West: To create a temporary tax amnesty program;
- HB 380 sponsored by Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland): To require private owners to pay construction contractors within 30 days;
- HB 745 sponsored by Rep. West and Rep. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park): To delay the deadlines by which liquor permit holders must renew their liquor permits.
Throughout the 133rd General Assembly, House Democrats have also passed two priority bills to expand job training and workforce development opportunities in Ohio. HB 2, sponsored by Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), created the TechCred program, and HB 4, sponsored by Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon), cut red tape for credentials and certificates for Ohio workers.