For Immediate Release: March 14, 2007
Senator Charlie Laster
Senate Approves Measure to Crack Down on Use of State Purchase
The full Senate has given
its approval to a measure aimed at tightening the rules for
using state issued purchase cards. Sen. Charlie
Laster said he filed Senate Bill 831 after hearing reports
of the cards being used in inappropriate ways.
“There was one state employee who reportedly used one
of these purchase cards to buy a wedding cake. There were also
reports of state employees using a purchase card to buy doughnuts
for the staff nearly every day,” said Laster, D-Shawnee.
“Those obviously are not legitimate uses of these cards.
It’s an abuse of taxpayer dollars, and we need to tighten
the rules so it doesn’t happen again.”
Laster said he has been working with the Office of the State
Auditor and Inspector as well as the Department of Central Services
to identify ways to tighten the use of state purchase cards.
SB 831 sets up stronger internal controls including language
to require the state agency purchasing officer to approve all
transactions made by the cardholder, including food, prior to
the purchase. The cardholder will also have to provide an itemized
and detailed description of the purchase. In addition, the officer
would be required to provide an electronic report of each transaction
to the office of the State Auditor and Inspector.
“There are legitimate purposes for these cards, such as
an item for the office an agency might need immediately, like
a printer cartridge, for example,” Laster said. “But
we know there have been some abuses. SB 831 is designed to stop
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives to be heard
For more information contact:
Senator Laster's Office - (405) 521-5539