In response to an embarrassing six-week queue of business filings, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure that immediately sends $1.6 million to the California secretary of state's office to relieve the backlog.
Lawmakers acted after a March 6 report in The Bee revealed that more than 120,000 forms, many with filing fees attached, were stacked up in the agency's Sacramento headquarters.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen blamed the delay on the cyclical nature of the filings, budget cuts imposed by the Legislature and a paper-based system in desperate need of automation.
The measure Brown signed, Assembly Bill 113, gives Bowen money from the current budget to pay for overtime and to hire temporary workers between now and June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.