For Immediate Release
May 2, 2012
Derek Sova (Sen. Schuitmaker)
Jennifer Murray (Sen. Colbeck)
Schuitmaker, Colbeck accountability bills expected to pass Senate
Lawmakers available after session to discuss legislation
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton;
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; and
Members of the Media.
Senate Bill 21, sponsored by Schuitmaker, and SB 802, sponsored by Colbeck, are expected to pass out of the Senate tomorrow, May 3. Schuitmaker and Colbeck will be available after Senate session to discuss the bills with the media.
Thursday, May 3
Immediately following session
SBs 21 and 802 will require greater transparency and accountability from state government and will provide residents with additional information online about how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Last week, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley testified before the Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing about the efforts already underway by the governor’s office to increase transparency in spending and reinvent the budget process. Calley lent his support to the Senate’s efforts to put into statute measures to require continued transparency.
SB 802 will require departments to develop spending plans for enacted budgets. The departments will have sixty days to finish and present these plans to the Legislature.
SB 21 will focus on the customer service aspect of state government. Departments will be required to define and meet certain goals in conjunction with the governor’s budget recommendations.