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The California Assembly announced today that it will use a $1.2 million budget surplus to help the office of Secretary of State Debra Bowen speed up the processing of business filings.

The funding shift will be used to "confront the massive delay in the processing of business filings" by helping the office tackle a backlog of nearly 200,000 documents, according to a release from Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

"This money will pay for my staff to work overtime on weekends to reduce this backlog, and help new and existing businesses do what they need to do to comply with state law," Bowen said in a statement.

Pérez touted move as an example of the lower house's ongoing effort to "find ways to tighten our belt and spend what funding we have on smart, value-driven solutions that create jobs and increase California's economic output."



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