Sen. Lynda Wilson, co-owner of DeWils Industries, a kitchen cabinet manufacturing company in Vancouver, has heard from both employees and constituents about the stress a knock on the door from a government official can cause.
On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1352 into law, a measure championed by the Republican from Vancouver that she hopes can alleviate some of the uncertainty when a business is being inspected or audited. The bill doesn’t create any new rights for small business owners, but aims to make their existing rights more transparent so they feel empowered.
“When the government knocks at your door and says, ‘We’re here to inspect you,’ too many times you’re feeling worried,” Wilson said.