[r32] New Bill Would Increase Government Transparency (3/30/2011)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Start Date: 3/30/2011 All Day
End Date: 3/30/2011
STATEHOUSE - House Bill 1004 introduced by Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 98-00. The bill aims to increase transparency in state and local governments.

"Hoosiers need to know where their hard earned tax dollars are going, and how it is being spent," said Rep. Turner. "This bill makes all of that spending information readily available to anyone who wants to look at it."

State Auditor, Tim Berry, has already created a broad based user-friendly website required by the bill.  However, if the bill passes through the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Daniels, the state agencies, local governments, and school districts would be required to post detailed spending information. Required information to be posted includes:

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

"When you really look at this bill, it is simple; if we are going to spend taxpayer dollars, we need to show how we are spending it," 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.

"We can drive efficiency by adding accountability and comparison to the budget and spending process for local governments, state agencies, and school districts. I think everyone will make sure they are doing their best work when taxpayers can easily look up how their tax dollars are being spent," said Representative Turner.

This bill is part of the Strengthen Indiana Plan, where House Republicans have been working for increased transparency measures for Hoosiers.

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