Each week during the legislative session, OfficeHours will focus on a single piece of legislation, seeing how it would affect state businesses and considering the bill's chances of going forward.
This week's bill is HB 1757, introduced by a bunch of legislators including Marcus Ricelli, who represents Spokane's Third District.
The companion Senate bill is SB 5718.
It would create a one stop business portal to simplify business interactions with regulatory bodies (like revenue, L&I and Employment Security).
The language of the bill is revealing, at least about the state's foot-dragging effort in this arena.
In 2006 the state legislature adopted a bill requiring the creation of the business portal. “But it has not been developed,” the bill's analysis notes.
That same summary says: The bill outlines “high-level technology architecture and implementation steps to achieve a single online place for businesses to accomplish their state business in a way that is consistent and efficient for both business and government.”
The bill further requires the office of the chief information officer to provide the economic development committees of the legislature with a plan for establishing performance benchmarks and measuring the results of implementing a one-stop integrated system for business interactions with government.
This is a goal that Washington failed to execute so far, but which Oregon has recently completed.
Here's the Oregon summary of its portal, called Business Xpress.