Budget trailer bill addresses business filing backlog

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 22, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Legislation crafted to address mounting criticisms over the state's historic backlog of unprocessed business filings recently passed the Assembly and is expected to garner Senate approval quickly. AB 113, authored by the Assembly Budget Committee, directs an additional $2 million in budget funds to the Secretary of State for overtime pay and temporary staffing in order to reduce the processing time to five days.

According to reports, processing times were found to lack consistency and have ranged widely over the years from 20 days to a record high of 85 days. In response to these findings, Secretary of State Debra Bowen argued before an Assembly Budget subcommittee last week that chronic state deficits and budget spending cuts were the cause of the backlog and that the state should adopt an online system to speed up the filing process.  

CMTA President Jack Stewart, as well as other business representatives, appeared in support of AB 113 at a press conference held shortly after the Assembly passed the measure on a 71 to 1 vote. Based on the bill’s ability to garner overwhelming support in the Assembly, it is highly likely that the upper house will also move quickly to approve the measure. As it stands now, AB 113 is currently pending before the Senate Rules Committee.

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