Today, State Rep. Mike Loychik’s (R-Bazetta) bipartisan legislation under House Bill 168 unanimously passed within the Ohio House. The bill is a $300 million COVID-19 relief plan to support small businesses, veterans, and child care throughout Ohio. The legislation is supported through critical federal aid due to the ongoing issues from the pandemic.
Loychik is a joint sponsor of the bill and spoke to it on the House floor.
“This is one of the coronavirus relief bills designed to give vital assistance and aid to the many parts of the state and our constituents,” said Loychik. “This will help a lot of Ohioans in need.”
Within the bill, the aid will be allocated accordingly:
- $20 million for indoor entertainment grants
- $10 million for new business relief grants
- $150 million for small business assistance
- $4.7 million to support county fairs
- $3 million for Ohio’s two veterans homes
- $112 million for child care
Indoor entertainment venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic shall be awarded grants in the amounts of $10,000, $20,000, and $30,000 based on factors such as demonstrated loss of revenue due to canceled events or performances.
For new business relief grants, they’ll be distributed in sums of $10,000 for new businesses in the state opening after January 1, 2020. Additionally, the coronavirus relief small business grant will provide grants of $10,000 to all eligible applicants who applied for grants under the Small Business Grant Relief Program on or before December 11, 2020, but whose requests were not funded.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.