Senate Approves Bill To Help Small Businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. George Voinovich designed to ease the federal paperwork requirements for small businesses.

The bill now goes to a conference committee to work out the differences on the version of the bill passed by the House, Voinovich spokesman Scott Milburn said on Tuesday.

Voinovich has maintained that the paperwork requirements on small businesses can hurt economic growth.

The legislation, approved by the Senate 100-0 Monday night, would create a small business ombudsman in each federal agency to help small business owners with paperwork questions. It also would require that information be posted on the Internet that would help business owners with paperwork requirements and require agencies to track enforcement actions against business owners who make mistakes filling out the forms.

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