Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement today regarding her support of AB 113, a bill to increase the appropriation for the Secretary of State by $2 million to address the business filing backlog.
"In support of my goal to push policies that assist small business development and growth, I voted in support of AB 113, a bill that appropriates $2 million of business filing fees to the Secretary of State, and requires that the increase only be used to reduce the time it takes to process business filings for those who want to start a business in California.
"In the past, the process to file the appropriate business documents and fees in California would take 20 days. Currently, budget cuts and under-staffed departments pushed processing times to 85 days. As a result, businesses cannot hire employees, begin paying entity taxes or officially open their doors for two months.
"AB 113 will significantly streamline and improve the state's process for starting a business by decreasing the process to 5 days; the bill will also transfer to job growth and support our economy. I'm proud to be a part of such an important piece of legislation."
[Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/.]