For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2007
Senator Randy Brogdon
‘Taxpayer Transparency Act’ Goes to Gov.
Legislation that will help Oklahomans see exactly how their tax
dollars are being spent is now on its way to Gov. Brad Henry. Senate
Bill 1, the “Taxpayer Transparency Act,” by Sen. Randy
Brogdon, calls for the creation of an online database to show exactly
how state tax dollars are spent. The measure was given final approval
by the Senate on Wednesday and by the House on Thursday. Both chambers
approved the bill unanimously.
“I believe this is one of the most important bills ever passed
for openness in government,” said Brogdon, R-Owasso. “We
should make it as easy as possible to track exactly how their tax
dollars are being appropriated, because those dollars come from
the citizens of Oklahoma. Senate Bill 1 will make that happen.”
Brogdon said the program would be modeled on a federal law by U.S.
Sen. Tom Coburn which will allow citizens to track the use of tax
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 spent.
“The state budget this year is $7 billion dollars and many
taxpayers would be astounded if they knew how their money was being
spent. This bill will help bring accountability of the politicians
front and center to their constituents,” Brogdon said. “Anytime
there is openness in government, the elected officials feel the
pressure to do the right thing. The ‘Taxpayer Transparency
Act’ is a check on the politicians and a huge benefit to the
taxpayers of Oklahoma.”
For more information, contact:
Senator Brogdon's Office: (405) 521-5566