Vick bills focus on changing business rules

The state House of Representatives recently passed four bills sponsored by 18th District Rep. Brandon Vick (R-Felida), that would streamline rules and regulations for certain businesses.

“One of my goals as a legislator is to continually find ways to improve the business climate in Washington,” said Vick. “Every rule and regulation we can streamline or remove gives small businesses another reason to keep their doors open and operating in Washington.”

House Bill 2565 would change the frequency local sales and use taxes may be changed from four times a year to three.

“This will save time and money for our small employers. Any time there is a sales and use tax change, computer software and accounting systems must be updated. It is also time-consuming for businesses that operate in multiple jurisdictions,” said Vick.

House Bill 2433 would allow certified public accountants in Washington to do business in other states, under the same rules and guidelines out-of-state CPA’s have in Washington.

“The goal here is to put CPA’s in Washington on the same playing field as the out-of-state CPA’s,” said Vick. “We should have uniform regulations of public accountancy across the country.”

House Bill 2584 would remove from public disclosure security plans, delivery and travel routes, and personal financial information of marijuana producers, processors, and retailers.

“No matter what you think about the initiative legalizing marijuana, the voters passed it. It is now the Legislature’s job to make it work,” said Vick. “We want to maintain impeccable transparency in the industry without putting business owners and employees in danger.”

Vick’s fourth bill to pass the House, HB 1659, would add grief counseling to the list of benefits a group life insurance policy may include, and permits disability insurers to offer non-insurance benefits similar to group life policies.

All four bills will now be considered by their respective committees in the Senate.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the 60-day regular session March 10.

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