Politics & Government

Senate panel approves bill to aid business filings

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.

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.