[r32] New Bill Would Increase Government Transparency (3/12/2011)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Start Date: 3/12/2011 All Day
End Date: 3/12/2011
STATEHOUSE - House bill 1004 introduced Wednesday by Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion) aims to increase transparency in state and local governments.

"Indiana has made great strides in recent years to operate a more transparent Government, but there is always room to do more," said Rep. Turner.

The bill would require the State of Indiana to create a user-friendly website that posts detailed information about government expenditures. Required information to be posted includes:

. Budgets
. Expenditures
. Contracts, grants, and leases
. Property owned by the state
. Educational institutions
. Local governments

"This bill is about the taxpayer. Hoosiers deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and this legislation would require the state to provide user-friendly detailed information," said Rep. Turner.

The information required by the bill would also allow taxpayers and government officials to compare various budget items with other communities and school corporations.

"Opening the books to how taxpayer dollars are spent, Hoosier can drive efficiency. Allowing the public more access to local government and school budgets and spending will encourage more efficiency."

This bill aligns with the Strengthen Indiana Plan, where providing additional transparency tools are key to communicating with Hoosiers.

"House Republicans have led the charge on transparency initiatives, and I appreciate Rep. Turner's leadership on the effort.  This session, we plan to continue our initiatives that open the doors to state government," said Speaker Bosma (R- Indianapolis).

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Rep. Turner is the Speaker Pro Tempore and represents District 32 in the Indiana House of Representatives.