For Immediate Release: June 4, 2007
Senator Randy Brogdon on Monday encouraged the Governor
to sign SB 1.
Senator Brogdon Addresses Criticism of Taxpayer Transparency Act,
Encourages Henry to Sign Legislation
At a State Capitol news conference Monday, State Sen. Randy Brogdon
addressed recent criticism of his bill, the Taxpayer Transparency
Act, and encouraged Gov. Brad Henry to sign the bill into law.
Senate Bill 1, authored by Brogdon (R-Owasso) and Rep. Paul Wesselhoft
(R-Moore), requires the Office of State Finance to create and maintain
a searchable Website to let citizens see how state tax dollars are
“SB 1 has come under attack by a few individuals who would
prefer that light not be shined on certain activities,” Brogdon
said. “I would encourage Gov. Henry to ignore these 11th-hour
critics and sign SB 1 into law.”
Brogdon said some business groups are advocating that Henry veto
SB 1 because of a provision that includes tax credits among the
items that are searchable in the bill’s new government spending
“The state provides millions upon millions of dollars in tax
credits to businesses every year. Oklahoma citizens have just as
much right to know where this money is going as they do to know
where expenditures are going for other government programs,”
Brogdon said. “SB 1 is a common sense, good-government bill
that will bring more sunshine to the state budget.”
SB 1 was passed unanimously by the Senate and the House of Representatives
in the recently-concluded 2007 legislative session.
Sen. Brogdon said SB 1 is modeled on a new federal law by U.S. Sen.
Tom Coburn which allows citizens to track the use of federal dollars.
For more information, contact:
Senator Brogdon's Office: (405) 521-5566