Florida Senate - 2010 SB 2378
By Senator Altman
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to streamlining the issuance of
3 licenses, certifications, and registrations issued by
4 state agencies; providing a short title; providing
5 legislative findings and intent; requiring the
6 Governor to establish the One-Stop Business Workgroup;
7 providing for the membership of the workgroup;
8 authorizing the workgroup to consult with other
9 agencies and use consultants; providing duties of the
10 workgroup; requiring that the workgroup submit a plan
11 for establishing a licensing portal to the Governor
12 and Legislature by a specified date; providing
13 requirements for the plan to implement a technology
14 solution for businesses and individuals to access
15 state business licenses, certifications, and
16 registrations; providing an effective date.
18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
20 Section 1. (1) This act may be cited as “Florida’s One-Stop
21 Business Connect Act.”
22 (2) The Legislature finds that:
23 (a) Individuals who start and operate businesses in this
24 state must interact with multiple state agencies to obtain
25 licenses, registrations, and tax certificates needed to legally
26 operate in this state. This process can be time-consuming and
27 frustrating for businesses and often requires business owners to
28 provide similar information to multiple agencies.
29 (b) State-government requirements for starting and
30 operating a business in this state are often cumbersome and
31 place avoidable burdens on business owners. For several years,
32 the Legislature has recognized that these requirements do not
33 serve to promote this state as a business-friendly state that
34 actively supports the growth of jobs, businesses, and economic
36 (c) A phased, deliberative, and collaborative approach is
37 necessary to streamline and automate the state’s business
38 processes; to simplify business requirements and eliminate
39 unnecessary business requirements; and to provide a single point
40 of entry for businesses to complete business transactions with
41 the state.
42 (3) It is the intent of the Legislature that by July 1,
43 2014, the state shall establish an online connection that is
44 easily accessible through this state’s official portal,
45 “MyFlorida.com,” which provides an efficient and effective
46 online, self-service method for an individual to access state
47 requirements for starting and operating a business.
48 (4)(a) The Governor shall establish a One-Stop Business
49 Connect Workgroup composed of, at a minimum, the secretary or
50 agency head, or his or her designee, of the following state
52 1. The Agency for Health Care Administration.
53 2. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
54 3. The Department of Children and Family Services.
55 4. The Department of Health.
56 5. The Department of State.
57 6. The Department of Revenue.
58 (b) The Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation
59 shall serve as the chair of the workgroup. The workgroup shall
60 be supported by staff from the participating agencies.
61 (c) The workgroup may consult with other agencies
62 throughout the state, including the Agency for Enterprise
63 Information Technology, and those agencies must provide
64 requested assistance to the workgroup.
65 (d) To the extent that funds are available within the
66 participating agencies’ budgets, the workgroup may use the
67 services of consultants.
68 (5)(a) The workgroup shall:
69 1. Compile a complete, categorical inventory of all
70 business licenses, certifications, and registrations required by
71 each participating agency, including information regarding
72 relevant laws and rules.
73 2. Analyze the business licensing, certification, and
74 registration processes for each agency and identify processes
75 that disrupt workflow and result in duplication, waste,
76 unnecessary complexity, and errors, and the root causes of those
78 3. Recommend the standardization and automation of business
79 licensing, certification, and registration processes where
81 (b) By February 15, 2011, the workgroup shall submit a plan
82 for establishing the licensing portal to the Governor, the
83 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
84 Representatives which identifies:
85 1. Business requirements and the costs associated with
86 implementation of a technology solution for businesses and
87 individuals which provides easy access to state business
88 licensing, certification, and registration requirements through
90 2. Clear systemwide objectives, a governance structure,
91 accountability measures, and an opportunity for stakeholders to
92 make suggestions regarding the use of licensing portal.
93 3. Issues that need to be addressed before a technology
94 solution is implemented.
95 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.