For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007
Senator Randy Brogdon
Senate Approves ‘Taxpayer Transparency Act’
The full Senate has voted unanimously in favor
of legislation that will help Oklahomans see exactly how their
tax dollars are being used. Senate Bill 1, by Sen. Randy
Brogdon, would create an online database to show where every
single penny of the public’s money is being spent.
“It is important to remember that every dollar that gets
appropriated comes from our citizens,” said Brogdon, R-Owasso.
“The public should have the ability to track how each
and every single dollar is spent, because the bottom line is
that it’s their money.”
Sen. Brogdon said the program will be modeled on a new federal
law by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn which will allow citizens to track
the use of federal dollars. Under SB 1, the Office of State
Finance will be in charge of maintaining a searchable Website
to let citizens see how state dollars are used.
In addition to winning unanimous approval in the Senate, Brogdon
said he was also pleased to have Sen. Jay
Paul Gumm, D-Durant, and Sen. Tom
Ivester, D-Sayre, as Senate co-authors.
“It’s obvious that there’s bipartisan support
for this bill. Even Gov. Brad Henry announced his endorsement
of the concept during the State of the State address,”
Brogdon said. “I firmly believe that with this kind of
transparency, everyone is going to work hard to become even
better stewards of the public’s resources.”
SB1 now moves to the House of Representatives for committee
For more information contact:
Senator Brogdon's Office - (405) 521-5566