Three bills on regulatory reform signed into law highlight the accomplishments for small business.
The 2017 regular session of the 65th Washington State Legislature adjourned April 23 with some big achievements for small business. Lawmakers were called back into special session the next day. The next regular session will commence Jan. 8, 2018.
Won Streamlining Municipal Business Licensing
The more than 250 Washington cities and towns requiring a local business license must now join one of two online portals where small businesses can obtain or renew those licenses, saving them time and money. Those cities also have two years to establish a statewide standard for requiring local business licenses, with the goal of eliminating them for infrequent out-of-town sales, deliveries, service calls, or other activities.
Secured a Small Business Bill of Rights Inventory
NFIB is working to ensure small businesses know their rights when the government comes knocking at their door. NFIB wrote and passed a bill requiring six agencies to identify a small business’s rights and protections when subject to audit, inspection, or other enforcement action. The state attorney general will also recommend ways to improve and standardize the notice you receive in advance or at the time of an agency visit.
Obtained Regulatory Fairness Act Improvements
NFIB helped shepherd into law a measure addressing several deficiencies identified by a performance audit on how agencies apply Small Business Economic Impact Statement (SBEIS) requirements and provide mitigation during rule-making. In addition to the bill, the Gov. Jay Inslee’s office convened an interagency workgroup to develop new tools and standards to assist agencies with the SBEIS process. NFIB was part of that workgroup.
Defeated ‘Ban the Box’ Proposals
NFIB again defeated legislation to prohibit small-business owners from inquiring about an applicant’s felony history on job applications. These bills are sure to be back next year, and NFIB will continue to defend small businesses’ ability to manage their workforce and protect their employees and customers.