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One step away from increased transparency in Maryland Gov. spending.

Posted by Ed C on Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Maryland Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008, sponsored by Del. Warren Miller (R-Howard County) appears to be one signature away from being enacted. On March 17, 2008 the House passed the bill 137-0 and on April 1, 2008 the Maryland Senate passed the bill 47-0.

From the Baltimore Sun, Bipartisanship Pays (Ulman wants to move on building repairs)

This year, Miller had 47 co-sponsors in the House, including two Democratic committee chairs, plus Howard Democratic Dels. Elizabeth Bobo, Frank S. Turner, Guy Guzzone and Steven J. DeBoy. Public interest groups also endorsed the idea, and the bill passed the House with a unanimous vote March 17.

But, on March 28, Senate Budget and Tax Committee Chairman Ulysses Currie said he would not bring Miller’s bill up for a vote because of a concern over the $250,000 price tag. Then, without explanation, Currie changed his mind, and his committee voted unanimously Monday to approve it.

Greg Fox used this bill to propose provide the same transparency for Howard County government spending that will go into effect July 2010.

The measure inspired Greg Fox, the County Council’s lone Republican member, to introduce a local ordinance to provide the same information on county spending. The bill was unanimously approved last month after Fox worked with the Ulman administration to delay the availability of the information until July 1, 2010, to fit better into technology director Ira Levy’s work replacing county finance software.

These will be great tools to enable citizens to see how our money is being spend by our elected officials.


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