SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Assembly has approved $2 million to eliminate a backlog of business applications in the Secretary of State's office.
Those seeking to start a business in California currently wait more than two months before receiving a response on required state applications. The forms must be processed before employees can be hired.
The additional money, approved unanimously Monday, will allow the secretary of state to hire temporary staffers and pay for overtime to process tens of thousands of applications delayed by recent budget cuts.
Future legislation is expected to require business forms to be processed within five days. Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, said lawmakers are reviewing the amount of money needed to prevent backlogs in the future.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
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