As many of you are aware, the California Secretary of State (CA SOS) has been experiencing processing delays due to budget cuts made during the past two years. The Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee recently adopted a measure (Budget Conference Item 0890-001-0228) to help improve processing times at the CA SOS. Secretary of State Debra Bowen is requesting the authority to use business filing fees to make technological upgrades, pay staff overtime and hire temporary staff to help process backlogged filings. Currently, the use of these fees is restricted. Bowen is urging Californians to submit support letters to the Governor’s office in an effort to get the measure preserved in the final budget. In an effort to keep our clients informed of the goings on at the CA SOS, we’ve included links to the letter we received from the CA SOS as well as two sample support letters for your review.