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AB-991 State government: licenses: California Licensing and Permit Center.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 13, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 991


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Olsen
(Principal Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Gatto, PereaGordon, Hagman, Harkey, Knight, Mansoor, Perea, Portantino, Silva, Wagner)
Berryhill (Coauthor(s): Senator Berryhill, Fuller, Harman, Runner)

February 18, 2011


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 991, as amended, Olsen. State government: licenses: California Licensing and Permit Center.
Existing law requires members of the public to obtain license, permits, or to register with state agencies prior to undertaking certain types of tasks.
This bill would require the Governor to establish a Internet Web site, known as the California Licensing and Permit Center (CLPC), to assist the public with licensing, permitting, and registration requirements of state agencies. This bill would require the Governor to operate, via both e-mail and telephone methods, a help center to assist applicants with licensing, permitting, and registration requirements. This bill would require state agencies that the Governor determines has licensing authority to cooperate with this program by providing accurate updated information about their licensing requirements.
This bill would create the California License and Permit Fund in the State Treasury, and require state agencies that are required to participate in the CLPC to reallocate a portion of their operating budget, as specified, to pay for the operating cost of the CLPC. This bill would state that upon appropriation by the Legislature, revenues from the fund will be used only for purposes of the bill.
This bill would require the CLPC to be provided to the public free of charge.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 12019.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12019.5.
 (a) The Governor, or his or her designee, shall, in cooperation with the California Technology Agency, establish an Internet Web site to assist the public with licensing, permitting, and registration requirements. This Internet Web site shall be known as the California Licensing and Permit Center (CLPC) and shall be accessible from the Governor’s Web site. This Internet Web site shall contain information on the licensing, permitting, and registration requirements of state agencies, and shall include, but not be limited to, information that does all of the following:
(1) Assists potential applicants with identifying the type of applications, forms, or other similar documents an applicant may need.
(2) Provides a digital copy of all state applications, forms, or other similar documents.
(3) Instructs potential applicants where to transmit applications, forms, or other similar documents.
(b) The Governor, or his or her designee, shall operate, via both e-mail and telephone methods, a help center that will assist applicants with licensing, permitting, and registration requirements.
(c) The Governor, in cooperation with the California Technology Agency, shall ensure that the Internet Web site is user friendly and provides accurate, updated resources.
(d) Each state agency that the Governor determines has licensing authority shall participate fully with this program by providing accurate updated information about its licensing requirements.
(e) (1) The California License and Permit Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury. Each state agency that is required to participate in the CLPC shall reallocate funds annually from its operating budget to the fund in the amount necessary to pay for the agency’s proportionate share of establishing and operating the CLPC.
(2) All moneys in the fund shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be used by the Governor only for the purposes of this section.
(f) The CLPC shall be provided to the public free of any charges.