"This is very important to small businesses across the commonwealth," Hurst said. "We want to make sure that for small businesses, we can eliminate the confusion factor, duplicative type of requirements, and make sure the red tape is out of the way."The bill comes a day after Patrick proposed changes in professional licensure as part of what he says is an ongoing effort by his administration to cut red tape in Massachusetts. Those changes would consolidate the licensing of nearly 84,000 barbers, cosmetologists and electrologists under a single registration board. The changes are aimed at making it easier for professionals in these fields to obtain and renew their licenses.