S.289 – Local government transparency requirements

S.289 would impose thorough transparency requirements on local governments. Under this bill, counties, municipalities and school districts would have to post the following information on their websites: elected officials’ contact information, meeting agendas, FOIA guidelines, budget data, contracts with lobbyists, employee compensation, etc. On top of this, they would have set up a searchable database that tracks all of the revenue they collect.  If a county, municipality or school district don’t follow these guidelines, a resident located in that area may sue and ask the court to force compliance.

If passed, the database must be operational by January 1, 2020.

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