FRANKFORT — Businesses in Kentucky might find it easier to interact with state government under a bill that a Senate committee approved Wednesday.
Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, is the first bill to receive committee approval in this year's legislative session.
The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulation approved the measure 8-0 with one "pass" vote.
Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, said he passed because he wanted to hear from state agencies before voting on the bill. It now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
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The measure, backed by Secretary of State Trey Grayson, will set up a "one-stop electronic state business portal" in the secretary of state's office to ease interaction among businesses and government agencies.
It will guide users who want to start, operate or expand a business in Kentucky and will allow business owners to pay fees and apply for or renew permits and licenses.
The bill also requires the secretary of state to establish a call center to answer questions and help businesses obtain information and services.