Legislature Approves Online Checkbook

I was surprised to see that no other conservative blogs in the state have picked up on the biggest political news of this year (and perhaps of the last several years)–yesterday’s passage of The Arkansas Financial Transparency Act, a.k.a. the online checkbook–so I decided to write a brief post.

The online checkbook proposal was made & championed by Lt. Gov. Darr during his 2010 campaign.  In my mind, the magnitude of this accomplishment for him & the people of Arkansas cannot be overstated.  This is a huge, huge step towards real accountability.  Furthermore, states that have enacted similar legislation have seen significant reductions in wasteful spending.

Now, I don’t intend to make this about me in any way, but posting the city budget online was a cornerstone of my 2010 campaign for Searcy City Council.  Citizens have a right to know how their money is being spent, end of story.  So you could say Lt. Gov. Darr & I shared some common goals in regards to this issue.  It is one of the main reasons I supported him steadfastly in the primary & throughout the general election cycle.  With that said, I realized how difficult it would be to actually get the bill through the legislature.  To my surprise, the bill went through both chambers with seemingly little serious opposition.  It now sits on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his signature. heads back to the Senate for approval of an amendment, then to the Governor.

My highest thanks to Lt. Gov. Darr for his fulfillment of a monumental campaign promise.  The people of Arkansas & their pocketbooks will benefit greatly.

Also, a sincere thanks to my state senator, Jonathan Dismang, who sponsored the legislation & is representing me very well.

Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot & former Searcy City Council candidate.  He volunteers for various political causes & produces The Liberty Bell, a political e-newsletter.  Contact Nicholas at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com & follow him on Twitter.

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