Sen. Morrell’s “Job Creator” Bill Passes Legislature, Forwarded to Governor for Signature

By on September 15, 2019

It’s well known that Californians have experienced several damaging and costly natural disasters in recent years. The 2017 Tubbs Fire, Southern California mudslides, and 2018 Camp Fire combined have claimed over 100 lives, destroyed more than 25,000 structures, and impacted an estimated 381,784 businesses. To recover from these losses individuals, and businesses which have employees that must be licensed, must work to replace important documents and possessions, including licensing documents.

Yucaipa’s State Senator Mike Morrell (R-23rd District-Rancho Cucamonga) has authored SB 601 which would grant the state authority to waive or reduce government licensing fees for businesses recovering after a disaster. The legislation was approved unanimously by both the Senate and the Assembly and has been forward to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature. The governor has until Sunday, Oct. 13 to sign the bill into law.

“As communities rebuild following major disasters, key to full recovery is getting local economies back up and running,” said Sen. Morrell. “For those businesses or entrepreneurs needing state licensure, the state should do all it can to streamline the process for replacing documents, including waiving fees. I am proud to author this legislation and appreciate my colleagues’ support in getting it to the Governor.”

Sen. Morrell has pushed for licensing reform throughout his tenure in the legislature. SB 601 received a boost in its public acceptance when the California Chamber of Commerce named it a “Job Creator” and one of its top priorities for 2019.

“We’re thrilled that the legislature passed Senator Morrell’s SB 601,” said Steven Greenhut, western region director for the R Street Institute, sponsor of the legislation. “By giving a fee break to disaster-hit business owners and workers, the state is sending the right message — that it cares about helping its hard-pressed residents get back on their feet and about creating the right business climate.”