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Rep. Smith aims to help business

March 27, 2013 · Updated 3:34 PM
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Rep. Norma Smith, lead Republican on economic development issues, had two bills pass the House of Representatives last weekend.

She said the measures are the first steps in providing a one-stop portal for businesses and reducing multi-jurisdictional government barriers to the private sector.

House Bill 1403 clarifies which agencies must supply information to the Business Licenses Service (BLS) and the types of information they must provide. Currently, BLS is administered by the Department of Revenue and only has a fraction of licensing information available on its website.

“The goal is to get all the licensing information in one place to make it easier for job creators to access the data. This legislation comes from a direct recommendation from the state auditor’s report on regulatory reform,” said Smith, R-Clinton, in a release. “The auditor found a stunning failure of state government to provide customer service and information to employers. This is a short-term solution as we work toward a one-stop portal so we can provide the customer service our employers deserve.”

House Bill 1818 began as a discussion with innovators during a meeting with the Economic Development Commission.

“This legislation would launch a pilot multi-jurisdictional program that would pull businesses from a specific sector within a geographic locale and inventory all regulatory hurdles and make recommendations to streamline regulations and reduce barriers,” said Smith.

Go to www.houserepublicans.wa.gov for details.

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