Posted by 22 February 2021
Some Ohio legislators are not happy that businesses are being fined for violating coronavirus orders. They are pushing legislation that would eliminate these penalties.
Under a bill being sponsored by Republican Rep. Derek Merrin, businesses that were fined for violating the governor's coronavirus orders would have those fines removed. It would also expunge any record of such violations. This comes as part of a group of bills aimed at rolling back or restricting the governor's powers to issue emergency orders.
Rep. Merrin argues that the Ohio legislature has passed expungement legislation for other crimes in recent years, so there's a precedent for this move. He says that some businesses have been fined thousands of dollars and they should see that money returned to them. Opponents of the legislation contend that it would undercut vital public health measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has faced opposition from some of his fellow Republicans in Columbus for his coronavirus-related actions. Members of the GOP-dominated legislature have introduced multiple bills that would restrain his authority to issue emergency orders or roll back the orders he has already put in place.
Do you think that businesses that violated coronavirus orders should have their fines eliminated?