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       Florida Senate - 2010                             CS for SB 2378
       
       
       
       By the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability;
       and Senator Altman
       
       
       
       585-04242-10                                          20102378c1
    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.
   17  
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19  
   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
   35  opportunities.
   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)(a)It is the intent of the Legislature that by July 1,
   43  2012, the state establish an online connection that is easily
   44  accessible through the state’s official portal, “MyFlorida.com”
   45  and that provides an efficient and effective online, self
   46  service method for an individual to access state requirements
   47  for starting and operating a business.
   48         (b) When the state’s online business licensing connection
   49  is available, it is the intent of the Legislature that local
   50  governments have the opportunity to make local requirements for
   51  starting and operating a business accessible in a similar manner
   52  through the state’s official portal, “MyFlorida.com.”
   53         (4)(a) The Governor shall establish a One-Stop Business
   54  Connect Workgroup composed of, at a minimum, the secretary or
   55  agency head, or his or her designee, of the following state
   56  agencies:
   57         1. The Agency for Health Care Administration.
   58         2.The Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
   59         3.The Department of Children and Family Services.
   60         4.The Department of Health.
   61         5. The Department of State.
   62         6. The Department of Revenue.
   63         (b) The Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation
   64  shall serve as the chair of the workgroup. The workgroup shall
   65  be supported by staff from the participating agencies.
   66         (c) The workgroup may consult with other agencies
   67  throughout the state, including the Agency for Enterprise
   68  Information Technology, and those agencies must provide
   69  requested assistance to the workgroup.
   70         (d) To the extent that funds are available within the
   71  participating agencies’ budgets, the workgroup may use the
   72  services of consultants.
   73         (5)(a)The workgroup shall:
   74         1. Compile a complete, categorical inventory of all
   75  business licenses, certifications, and registrations required by
   76  each participating agency, including information regarding
   77  relevant laws and rules.
   78         2. Analyze the business licensing, certification, and
   79  registration processes for each agency and identify processes
   80  that disrupt workflow and result in duplication, waste,
   81  unnecessary complexity, and errors, and the root causes of those
   82  errors.
   83         3. Recommend the standardization and automation of business
   84  licensing, certification, and registration processes where
   85  appropriate.
   86         (b) By December 15, 2010, the workgroup shall submit a plan
   87  for establishing the business licensing portal to the Governor,
   88  the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   89  Representatives which identifies:
   90         1. Business requirements and the costs associated with
   91  implementation of a technology solution for business and
   92  individuals which provides easy access to state business
   93  licensing, certification, and registration requirements through
   94  MyFlorida.com.
   95         2. Clear systemwide objectives, a governance structure,
   96  accountability measures, and an opportunity for stakeholders to
   97  make suggestions regarding the use of the business licensing
   98  portal.
   99         3. Issues that need to be addressed before a technology
  100  solution is implemented.
  101         4. Issues that need to be addressed so that local
  102  governments may make local requirements for starting and
  103  operating a business accessible through the state’s business
  104  licensing portal.
  105         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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