Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/29/2003 01:37 PM L&C

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              SB 114-INCREASE BUSINESS LICENSE FEE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CON  BUNDE called  the Senate  Labor and  Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order  at 1:37  p.m. Present  were SENATORS                                                               
STEVENS, SEEKINS and FRENCH. The Chair  announced SB 114 to be up                                                               
for consideration.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SEEKINS moved  to  adopt CSSB  114(L&C),  version I,  as                                                               
their working  document. There were  no objections and it  was so                                                               
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BUNDE explained that the  committee substitute (CS) deletes                                                               
the requirement for multiple licenses  for businesses in multiple                                                               
locations.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RICK URION,  Director, Division  of Occupational  Licensing,                                                               
supported  the new  CS and  urged the  committee to  pass it  out                                                               
today.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BUNDE asked  him for an estimate of what  revenue this bill                                                               
would now generate.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. URION  replied that their  original estimate was  $77,000 for                                                               
multiple location licenses and that would be deleted.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BUNDE noted that aside from  stores like Fred Meyer, SB 114                                                               
also included cab drivers and coffee carts on the other hand.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH asked  if it is correct that the  CS now says that                                                               
Safeway  has to  have only  one  business license  for the  whole                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. URION said that is correct.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH  said it isn't as  if they are reducing  what they                                                               
have to pay now, and, in  fact, their fee is being increased from                                                               
$25 per year to $300.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SEEKINS  asked   if  Safeway  has  to   have  a  tobacco                                                               
endorsement for each store or for just the one license.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  URION  replied  that  tobacco   endorsements  go  with  each                                                               
location.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  SEEKINS moved  to pass  CSSB 114(L&C),  version I,  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The roll was called. SENATORS  STEVENS, FRENCH, SEEKINS and BUNDE                                                               
voted yea and CSSB 114(L&C), version I, passed from committee.                                                                  

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