Stateline.org authored an article on Friday detailing the House Republican’s Transparency Bill, House File 74. The bill is sponsored by Reps. Kraig Paulsen, Doug Struyk, Erik Helland, and Linda Upmeyer. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Struyk, along with a handful of Republican legislators, has proposed a bill requiring the state to create a searchable, consolidated, online database of the state’s budget and spending report, free of charge and open to the public.
“It’s an information age. People want to be able get on the Internet and see what’s being spent and where. I think it’s a great way to keep government spending in check and keep the populace educated as to what government’s doing with their tax dollars,” he said.
At least 10 other states — Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming — are considering or recently have considered legislation to create online budget and spending databases.