Rep. Smith claims regulatory success stories in legislature

Record staff

State Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, claimed success in streaming the business permit process before the Washington State Legislature adjourned last weekend after going into two special sessions.

At the beginning of the 2013 session, Smith authored and introduced a package of four bills she said would improve the business and regulatory climate in Washington. She later partnered with Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, who introduced them in the Senate.

“This legislation is long overdue and has been a difficult and hard-fought process,” said Smith in a news release. “It provides a framework for reducing and streamlining the duplicative and confusing regulations facing our job creators and provides a one-stop portal within our state bureaucracy for them.”

Senate Bill 5718/House Bill 1757 requires the Office of the Chief Information Officer to provide the Legislature with a plan for establishing performance benchmarks and for measuring the results of implementing a one-stop portal. It also requires the Department of Revenue, the Department of Labor and Industries, the Secretary of State, the Employment Security Department and the Department of Commerce to collaborate with the OCIO in developing and tracking these benchmarks and performance measures.

Senate Bill 5679/House Bill 1591 directs three agencies – Ecology, Labor and Industries, and Health — to develop a formal review process of existing rules or adequate streamlining processes. They have until the end of the year to bring their plan back to the Legislature.

Smith said all four of the measures are based on recommendations from the state auditor and Economic Development Commission.

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