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January 11, 2017 - MONTGOMERY – Under the continued direction of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, the Secretary of State’s Office has extended its 24-hour business filing successes for a total of 26 weeks (6 months). A review of records prior to January 2015 indicates it generally took five to seven months to process these filings. The expedited processing timeline means a significant reduction in bureaucratic red tape, which can stifle business growth and development. This has occurred despite a reduction in employees, which expedited the offices ability to provide for dramatic restructuring within the Business Services Division, and a total tax-payer savings of $1,431,956.71.

“I am confident in the ability of Alabamians from across our great state to grow business and spark innovation, as long as government does not impede their progress. My goal as Alabama’s 53rd Secretary of State is to deliver to each and every Alabamian a system that works for them and does not create undue burdens on the taxpayer,” said Secretary Merrill.

Now that this task has been successfully accomplished, the Secretary of State’s Office is looking to implement test systems with interested Probate Judges to further expedite the business filing process in Alabama. Similar to the online voter registration system this new online filing resource would serve as a guide and tool for Alabamians allow them to spend less time on paperwork and more time preparing their new business to be all that it can be.

Secretary Merrill continues to emphasize to the staff that it is our duty as public servants to be a resource to new and existing businesses. Resolving this issue is one of many changes made by Secretary Merrill during his administration.