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AB-1806 GO-Biz Information Technology.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/28/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1806


Introduced by Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (Assembly Members Cervantes (Chair), Cunningham (Vice Chair), Chau, Chen, Ramos, Luz Rivas, and Smith)

February 28, 2019


An act to amend Section 12096.3 of, to amend, renumber, and add Section 12097.1 of, to add Section 12096.3.1 to, and to add Article 4.3 (commencing with Section 12096.7) to Chapter 1.6 of Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 2 of, the Government Code, and to repeal Sections 71040 and 71041 of the Public Resources Code, relating to economic development.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1806, as introduced, Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. GO-Biz Information Technology.
Existing law authorizes various state agencies to issue permits and licenses in accordance with specified requirements to conduct business within this state. Existing law establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth.
This bill would require GO-Biz, in developing new programs or services, to consider the added value of having all or portions of a program and service assessed digitally, including, but not limited to, undertaking outreach, filing applications, and submitting progress and outcome reports.
This bill would provide for a GO-Biz Information Technology Unit within GO-Biz. The bill would require the unit to support GO-Biz in delivering, monitoring, and reporting on programs and services and to create an online internet platform, called the California Business Development Portal. The bill would require the portal to be comprised of the following 3 elements: economic and business development-related digital information, the systems and processes used to manage that information, and a public interface capability, as prescribed. The bill, beginning in the 2019–20 fiscal year, would establish 2 state civil service positions for the purposes of supporting the ongoing enhancement of the functionality of the portal, the California Business License Center, the California Business Navigator, the California Business Mapping Tool, digital resources, and other online products that improve the state government’s digital ecosystem.
Existing law requires GO-Biz to establish an electronic online permit assistance center through the internet, called the California Government Online to Desktops (CalGold) program, for use by any business or entity subject to a law or regulation to assist that business or entity with complying with those laws or regulations. Existing law requires the CalGold program to be reviewed periodically and, when necessary, updated to assist businesses in the state, as provided.
The bill would recast provisions related to the CalGold program by requiring the GO-Biz Information Technology Unit to establish an electronic online government permit and license assistance center and by renaming the CalGold program the California Business License Center. The bill would also require the GO-Biz Information Technology Unit to periodically review and, when necessary, update the California Business License Center to assist businesses in the state, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 12096.3 of the Government Code is amended to read:

12096.3.
 The office shall serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. In this capacity, the office may:
(a) Recommend to the Governor and the Legislature new state policies, programs, and actions, or amendments to existing programs, advance statewide economic goals and respond to emerging economic problems and opportunities, and ensure that all state policies and programs conform to the adopted state economic and business development goals.
(b) Coordinate the development of policies and criteria to ensure that federal grants administered or directly expended by state government advance statewide economic goals and objectives.
(c) Market the business and investment opportunities available in California by working in partnership with local, regional, federal, and other state public and private institutions to encourage business development and investment in the state.
(d) Provide, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Economic and demographic data.
(2) Financial information to help link businesses with state and local public and private programs.
(3) Workforce information, including, but not limited to, labor availability, training, and education programs.
(4) Transportation and infrastructure information.
(5) Assistance in obtaining state and local permits.
(6) Information on tax credits and other incentives.
(7) Permitting, siting, and other regulatory information pertinent to business operations in the state.
(e) Establish a well-advertised telephone number, an online interactive Internet Web site, and high-performance internet platform, and an administrative structure that effectively supports the facilitation of business development and investment in the state.
(f) Encourage collaboration among research institutions, startup companies, local governments, venture capitalists, and economic development agencies to promote innovation.
(g) In cooperation with the federal government, other state, federal, and local governments, foster relationships with overseas foreign and domestic entities to improve the state’s image as a destination for global business investment and expansion.
(h) Conduct research on the state’s business climate, including, but not limited to, research on how the state can remain on the leading edge of innovation and emerging sectors.
(i) Support small businesses by providing information about accessing capital, complying with regulations, and supporting state initiatives that support small business.

SEC. 2.

 Section 12096.3.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12096.3.1.
 The office, in developing new programs or services, shall consider the added value of having all or portions of a program and service assessed digitally, including, but not limited to, undertaking outreach, filing applications, and submitting progress and outcome reports to the office.

SEC. 3.

 Article 4.3 (commencing with Section 12096.7) is added to Chapter 1.6 of Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Article  4.3. GO-Biz Information Technology

12096.7.
 (a) There shall be within the office the GO-Biz Information Technology Unit. The unit shall do both of the following:
(1) Support the office in delivering, monitoring, and reporting on programs and services administered or supported by the office.
(2) Create an online internet platform, called the California Business Development Portal. The portal shall be an online platform that is comprised of three distinct elements: economic and business development-related digital information, the systems and processes used to manage that information, and a public interface capability. The portal shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Storing, retrieving, and exchanging economic and business development-related digital information with due regard to privacy statutes.
(B) An information service detailing business incentives, financing, workforce training, geographic regions in the state, and requirements to establish or engage in business in this state.
(C) Identification and retrieval of economic and business development digital information appropriate for a variety of business types, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, associations, cooperatives, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises.
(D) Identification and retrieval of economic and business development digital information useful for state, federal, and local government agencies and other entities that support economic and business development activities in California.
(E) Accessibility through a variety of electronic presentation formats, including internet websites, mobile applications, and other modes of delivery.
(F) A service or application for an individual, business, or other interested party to establish an online account that enhances the ability to conduct business or economic development activities in California.
(c) The GO-Biz Information Technology Unit may assist the office in developing and supporting information technology projects related to undertaking outreach, filing applications, and submitting progress and outcome reports to the office.
(d) The office shall adopt and periodically update a schedule for the buildout and upgrading of the California Business Development Portal. The office shall undertake activities on the schedule after the director determines that funding for this project is available and the project is in alignment with required elements of the state planning practices for the development of state information technology projects.

12096.8.
 Beginning in the 2019–20 fiscal year, there shall be two additional state civil service positions in the GO-Biz Information Technology Unit for the purposes of supporting the ongoing enhancement of the functionality of the California Business Development Portal, the California Business License Center, the California Business Navigator, the California Business Mapping Tool, digital resources, and other online products that improve the state government’s digital ecosystem.

SEC. 4.

 Section 12097.1 of the Government Code is amended and renumbered to read:

12097.1.12097.2.
 (a) The director shall ensure that the office’s Internet Web site internet website contains 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 individuals with identifying the type of applications, forms, or other similar documents an applicant may need.
(2) Provides a direct link to a digital copy of all state licensing, permitting, and registration applications, forms, or other similar documents where made available for download.
(3) Instructs individuals on how and where to submit applications, forms, or other similar documents.
(b) The director shall ensure that the office’s Internet Web site internet website contains information on the fee requirements and fee schedules of state agencies, and shall include, but not be limited to, information that does all of the following:
(1) Assists individuals with identifying the types of fees and their due dates.
(2) Provides direct links to the fee requirements and fee schedules for all state agencies, where made available for download.
(3) Instructs individuals on how and where to submit payments.
(c) The office shall ensure that the Internet Web site internet platform is user-friendly and provides accurate, updated information.
(d) (1) Each state agency that has licensing, permitting, or registration authority shall provide direct links to information about its licensing, permitting, and registration requirements and fee schedule to the office.
(2) A state agency shall not use the Internet Web site internet platform established under this section as the exclusive source of information for the public to access licensing requirements and fees for that agency.
(e) The office may impose a reasonable fee, not to exceed the actual cost to provide the service, as a condition of accessing information on the Internet Web site internet website established under subdivisions (a) and (b).

SEC. 5.

 Section 12097.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12097.1.
 (a) The GO-Biz Information Technology Unit shall establish an electronic online government permit and license assistance center through the internet, which shall be known as the California Business License Center. The California Business License Center shall be available for use by any business or other entity subject to a law or regulation implemented by a state agency, authority, bureau, board, commission, conservancy, council, department, or office, and provide a business or other entity with assistance in complying with those laws and regulations.
(b) The California Business License Center shall provide special software, hotlinks, and other online resources and tools that may be used by a business or other entity to streamline and expedite compliance with laws and regulations implemented by a state agency, authority, bureau, board, commission, conservancy, council, department, or office.
(c) The California Business License Center shall, to the extent feasible, incorporate permit assistance activities of local and federal entities and of other entities of the state into its operations.
(d) The GO-Biz Information Technology Unit shall periodically review and, when necessary, update the California Business License Center to assist businesses in the state that would benefit from information on permitting and regulatory compliance.

SEC. 6.

 Section 71040 of the Public Resources Code is repealed.
71040.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development shall establish an electronic online permit assistance center through the Internet. The electronic online permit assistance center shall be available for use by any business or other entity subject to a law or regulation implemented by an agency, authority, bureau, board, commission, conservancy, council, department, state district, or office, and shall provide a business or other entity with assistance in complying with those laws and regulations. The center, which shall be called the “California Government-On Line to Desktops” or “CALGOLD” program, shall provide special software, “hotlinks,” and other online resources and tools that may be used by a business or other entity to streamline and expedite compliance with laws and regulations implemented by an agency, authority, bureau, board, commission, conservancy, council, department, state district, or office. The CALGOLD program shall, to the extent feasible, incorporate permit assistance activities of local and federal entities and of other entities of the state into its operations.

SEC. 7.

 Section 71041 of the Public Resources Code is repealed.
71041.

The CALGOLD program shall be reviewed periodically and, when necessary, updated to assist businesses in the state that would benefit from information on permitting and regulatory compliance, including emerging industries and life sciences industries.