"For far too long the SLA has been dealing with backlogs," Johnson said. "And while there has been improvement, it just takes too long for a business looking to get the necessary permit."
Little lauded Rosen for expediting the licensing process, but noted that further legislation is necessary to fix the roots of the problem.
"Although Chairman Rosen has done a great job in reducing the backlog, this will make it part of the state Liquor Authority law," she said. "We will never have that kind of a backlog and we will help get those small businesses into operation much faster than in the past."
The amendments to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law passed 58 to 3 in the Senate. The measures are currently being championed by Assembly Economic Development Committee Chair Robin Schimminger.