Gov. Brown signs bill to speed up business filings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to eliminate a two-month delay in processing business paperwork in California.

AB113 takes effect immediately and grants $1.6 million to the Secretary of State's office to process a backlog of 122,000 applications. The office will be required to report to the Legislature monthly about its progress in reducing the backlog.

Brown said in a statement Wednesday that the bill will help California businesses get started and hire more quickly. The forms must be processed before certain companies can hire employees.

State officials say the additional money will help reduce processing times to five to 10 days by November.

Legislation is expected in the coming months to require documents to be processed within five days and to provide money to meet that requirement.