Last year my colleagues and were proud to support a bill
that Governor O'Mally signed into a law that promotes transparency of state agency spending. The law requires that details of state spending be posted on a searchable web site
. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support. It was modeled after a federal law that President Obama had sponsored when he was serving in the Senate.
Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner has proposed County legislation that would provide transparency for County Agency spending.
This year I am sponsoring state legislation
that would bring the same transparency to Montgomery County Public Schools spending. If MC930-09 is enacted, MCPS would be required to develop a searchable web site on which are listed payments to any party who receives an aggregate payment of $10,000 or more in a fiscal year. The annual budget of the Montgomery County School Board is around $2 Billion which is almost as much as the budget for some entire state governments.
The hearing for this bill will be on Friday, January 30th at 9:30am at the Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Click here for more information