California Chamber of Commerce Names Sen. Morrell’s Business Fee Relief Bill a Top Priority

By on May 14, 2019

Senate Bill 601, by Senator Mike Morrell (R-23rd District-Rancho Cucamonga), was announced as a top priority 2019 “Job Creator” bill this week by the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber). SB 601 seeks to waive or reduce fees for businesses or entrepreneurs having to replace licenses within one year following a federal or state-declared disaster.

The nonpartisan and non-profit Institute for Justice finds that the average amount spent on licensing fees in California is $486. Many occupations require a physically displayed license in the workplace making replacement of a license critical for a person’s continued employment.

“It is critical to get businesses up and running as soon as possible after a disaster,” said Sen. Morrell. “Rebuilding lives includes both homes and livelihoods. As those costs increase, SB 601 aims to provide financial relief from government fees that business owners have already paid. It would be one less hurdle they have to overcome as they work toward once again becoming economic engines in their communities.”

The bill unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization as well as the Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development. Currently SB 601 is awaiting consideration by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Sponsorship of SB 601 includes the R Street Institute, a nonpartisan policy research nonprofit that focuses on free market issues. The bill is also supported by CalChamber, the California Board of Accountancy, the Rebuild Paradise Foundation, and the Southwest California Legislative Council.

Sen. Morrell is Yucaipa’s state senator.  He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010, and won a special election to the State Senate in March 2014. Prior to serving in the state legislature, he was a real estate broker. Prior to his time in public office, Senator Morrell was an active member of the California Republican Assembly. He served on the Business Advisory Boards of former State Senator Bill Leonard and former Assemblyman Fred Aguiar as well as the Small Business Council of former Assemblyman Bill Emmerson.