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Senate panel approves bill to aid business filings

January 05, 2011 | | Comments Comments

By Jack Brammer – jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – Businesses in Kentucky might find it easier to interact with state government under a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday.

Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, is the first bill to receive committee approval in this year’s legislative session.

The measure, backed by Secretary of State Trey Grayson, will set up a “one-stop electronic state business portal” in the secretary of state’s office to facilitate interaction among businesses and government agencies.

It will guide users who want to start, operate or expand a business in Kentucky and allow business owners to pay fees and apply for or renew permits and licenses.

The bill also requires the secretary of state to establish a call center to answer questions and help businesses obtain information and services.

The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulation approved the measure 8-0 with one “pass” vote.

Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, said he wanted to hear from state agencies before voting on the bill. It now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

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  1. Libbi Taylor says:

    Support this bill but would like for someone to jump on the idea that has been proposed many times for independent businesses/self empolyed folks it would be prudent and needed to have a centralized tax hub as well. As a Realtor to have to file taxes, business licenses with seven plus counties is ridiculous…so can we tag this on the bill as well???

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