Amended in Assembly May 24, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 393


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

February 15, 2013


An act to amend Section 12019.5 of the Government Code, relating to state government.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 393, as amended, Cooley. Office of Business and Economic Development: Internet Web site.

Existing law requires the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to ensure that the office’s Internet Web site contains information to assist an individual with the licensing, permitting, and registration requirements necessary to start a business. Existing law also requires a state agency that the Governor determines has licensing authority to provide accurate updated information about its licensing requirements, as provided.begin insert Existing law also authorizes the Governor to impose a reasonable fee, not to exceed the actual cost to provide the service, upon users of the Internet Web site. end insert

This bill would require the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to ensure that the office’s Internet Web site contains information on the fee requirements and fee schedules of state agencies and would also require a state agency thatbegin delete the Governor determinesend delete has licensingbegin insert, permitting, or registrationend insert authority to provide accurate updated information about its fee schedulebegin insert to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Developmentend insert, as provided.begin insert This bill, with regard to the imposition of a reasonable fee upon users of the Internet Web site, would instead authorize the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to impose that fee.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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begin insertThe Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:end insert

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3(a) Small business is a cornerstone of California’s economy.

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4(b) There are approximately 3.5 million small businesses in
5California and they account for 99 percent of the state’s employers.

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6(c) Nationwide, approximately one-half of all new small
7businesses survive five years or more and only one-third survive
8longer than 10 years.

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10begin insertSEC. 2.end insert  

Section 12019.5 of the Government Code is amended
11to read:

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12019.5.  

(a) The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business
13and Economic Development shall ensure that the office’s Internet
14Web site contains information on the licensing, permitting, and
15registration requirements of state agencies, and shall include, but
16not be limited to, information that does all of the following:

17(1) Assists individuals with identifying the type of applications,
18forms, or other similar documents an applicant may need.

19(2) Provides abegin insert direct link to aend insert digital copy of all state licensing,
20permitting, and registration applications, forms, or other similar
21documents where made available for download. begin delete If a direct link to
22a digital copy cannot be provided, the digital copy shall be posted
23and made easily accessible for download on the Internet Web site.end delete

24(3) Instructs individuals on how and where to submit
25applications, forms, or other similar documents.

26(b) The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and
27Economic Development shall ensure that the office’s Internet Web
28site contains information on the fee requirements and fee schedules
29of state agencies, and shall include, but not be limited to,
30information that does all of the following:

31(1) Assists individuals with identifying the types of fees and
32their due dates.

P3    1(2) Provides direct links to the fee requirements and fee
2schedules for all statebegin delete agencies. If a direct link cannot be provided,
3the information shall be posted and made easily accessible on the
4office’s Internet Web siteend delete
begin insert agencies, where made available for
5downloadend insert
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6(3) Instructs individuals on how and where to submit payments.

7(c) Thebegin delete Governorend deletebegin insert Governor’s Office of Business and Economic
8Developmentend insert
shall ensure that the Internet Web site is user friendly
9and provides accurate, updated information.

10(d) (1) Each state agency thatbegin delete the Governor determinesend delete has
11licensingbegin insert, permitting, or registrationend insert authority shall provide
12begin delete accurate updatedend deletebegin insert direct links toend insert information about its licensingbegin insert,
13permitting, and registrationend insert
requirements and fee schedulebegin insert to the
14Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Developmentend insert
.

15(2) A state agency shall not use the Internet Web site established
16under this section as the exclusive source of information for the
17public to access licensing requirements and fees for that agency.

18(e) Thebegin delete Governor, or his or her designee,end deletebegin insert Governor’s Office of
19Business and Economic Developmentend insert
may impose a reasonable
20fee, not to exceed the actual cost to provide the service, as a
21condition of accessing information on the Internet Web site
22established under subdivisions (a) and (b).



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