Assemblyman Cunningham pushes legislation promoting transparency at state license board
Legislation is supported by Small Business California
Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) announced this week legislation to create transparency and accountability at the Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”). Assembly Bill 996 requires the CSLB to post key workers’ compensation information on its website to help ensure businesses do not become the victim of bureaucratic delays.
The bill provides both consumers and contractors more detailed updates and progress of a licensee’s renewal application.
“Whenever I talk to small business owners, they have complaints about the complexity and inefficiency of our workers’ compensation system,” said Assemblyman Cunningham. “My proposal keeps government transparent, accountable, and will help the bureaucracy treat small business more like customers.”
Workers’ compensation is one of the biggest regulatory challenges facing businesses and AB 996 helps businesses navigate the process. The CSLB can take up to 5-6 weeks to review and process a renewal application for a workers’ compensation certificate, causing an applicant to have their license “suspended.” They are then forced to cease their operations as well their ability to secure prospective clients for future projects.
By allowing contractors to use the license check search function online to verify that their certificate has been received — pending review — and to see what the average elapsed time for the board to process a certificate will provide confidence and assurance for consumers and licensees alike.
AB 996 is supported by Small Business California, a network of 5,000 employers and 3.6 million small businesses in this state, as well as the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.