May 4, 2009

Bipartisan transparency bill introduced in Oregon

Transparency is not, or at least shouldn't be, a partisan issue.

Consider Oregon. Two Republicans and two Democrats have recently introduced House Bill 2500 which would "create a one-stop Web site that shows how much Oregon state agencies spend and on what."

The bill would creating something like the Government Google website available at USAspending.gov. The bill that created the website was co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn and then-Sen. Barack Obama.

Oregon's "Google bill" passed last the state House Wednesday with unanimous support. It now moves onto the Oregon Senate.