Paperwork Elimination Act

The House Small Business Committee Thursday by voice vote approved a bill that would allow small businesses to use electronic technologies when filing information with, or retrieving it from, the federal government, LEGI-SLATE News Service reported.

The Paperwork Elimination Act, sponsored by Small Business Chairman Talent, is nearly identical to a bill of the same name that passed the House 418-0 during the 104th Congress, but never cleared the Senate.

The act would let small businesses transact information with the government either by traditional paper means or emerging electronic technology.

House floor action is expected next week. According to Talent, the Government Reform Committee, to which the bill also was referred on its introduction, had waived jurisdiction in the process.

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