SHB 1568

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of March 26, 2013

Title: An act relating to the business licensing service program administered by the department of revenue.

Brief Description: Concerning the business licensing service program administered by the department of revenue.

Sponsors: House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Carlyle, Nealey and Ryu; by request of Department of Revenue).

Brief History: Passed House: 3/09/13, 97-0.

Committee Activity: Ways & Means: 3/19/13.


Staff: Dean Carlson (786-7305)

Background: In 2011 the responsibility for administration of the Master License Service (MLS) program was transferred from the Department of Licensing (DOL) to the Department of Revenue (DOR). The transfer included funding, staff, and tangible property associated with MLS.

The responsibilities transferred to DOR included the following:

DOR renamed MLS as the Business License Service (BLS) after the transfer in 2011.

Trade Names. DOR can specify forms and set fees for trade name registration and renewal by rule. Fees cannot exceed the actual costs to administer the registration and renewal of trade names through BLS and must be deposited into the master license fund. State law does not provide an explicit process in statute for trade name renewal or cancelation.

Summary of Bill: Many technical changes are made to business licensing and trade name laws. In addition, more specificity is provided in state law regarding the renewal and cancelation of trade names. Trade name renewal cannot occur more often than annually. DOR can cancel the trade name of any person whose business license account becomes inactive in BLS at the request of the person to whom the trade name is registered. DOR must make reasonable effort to provide notice to a person prior to cancelation of a trade name unless it is the person requesting the cancelation of a trade name.

The definition of person is expanded to ensure confidential licensing information is not disclosed by DOR.

References of MLS in statute are changed to BLS.

Obsolete provisions of the law are eliminated.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: This bill came as a result of the transfer of the MLS from DOL to DOR. The bill is primarily technical in nature. However, it does have a part that allows the DOR to waive a license fee for good cause. Business information about the business is available through the Secretary of State, but tax information is not available. There is no fiscal impact.

Persons Testifying: PRO: Drew Shirk, DOR.