Transparency Coming to Arkansas State Government

On Thursday, Senator Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) filed SB 221, “The Arkansas Financial Transparency Act.” The bill would require all state agencies (excluding state institutions of higher learning) to publish their budgets online & keep these records up to date.

This “online checkbook” concept was the cornerstone of Lt. Governor Mark Darr‘s 2010 campaign.

In a statement released by his office, the Lieutenant Governor thanks Senator Dismang & also James Maclean, a Democrat who is sponsoring the bill in the House:

I am glad this bill has bipartisan support…The taxpayers have a right to know how and where their money is being spent and I believe this bill represents a strong step toward providing that for the people of Arkansas.

This bill, perhaps more than any other during this session, demonstrates a serious commitment by Republicans to change the culture of Little Rock & state government–a commitment they made during the 2010 campaign & one they are keeping.

Thanks to the leadership of Senator Dismang, Rep. Maclean, & Lt. Gov. Darr, Arkansans can expect to see this transparent culture manifest in state government for the next several years.

I’ll keep you posted on the fate of this bill as it maneuvers through the legislature.

Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot & former Searcy City Council candidate.  In his spare time, he volunteers with for various political causes & campaigns.  Contact Nicholas at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com & follow him on Twitter.

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