The author of Oklahoma’s legislation to bring transparency to state government spending was tapped to address a national conference on “transparency in state government” last week.
State Sen. Randy Brogdon, author of Oklahoma’s Taxpayer Transparency Act, joined officials from Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, and Washington to discuss efforts to make government more open and accessible. The August 9th event in Boston, Mass., was sponsored by the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society.
“It was an honor to be able to talk to leaders from across America about the great progress we have made in making data on government spending more accessible to the public here in Oklahoma,” stated Brogdon, R-Owasso.
“The taxpayers have a right to know where and how their tax dollars are being spent, and Oklahomans can be proud that other states are looking to us as a model,” he said.
Brogdon’s legislation, Senate Bill 1, created an online database to show where every single penny of the public’s money is being spent. The Legislature passed SB 1 into law during the 2007 legislative session.