Louisiana Checkbook bill heads to House floor
A bill to provide more transparency about where state dollars are going sailed out of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday afternoon.
It is called the Louisiana Checkbook bill.
"It is just a snapshot, an in-depth look into the expenditures of government," said House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia.
The bill which aims to provide more transparency is headed to the full state House as lawmakers are trying to resolve the latest budget crisis.
The new budget year begins July 1 and Governor John Bel Edwards maintains that there is a nearly $700-million dollar shortfall.
"It is just a snapshot, an in-depth look into the expenditures of government," said Barras
It would require a slew of information about state expenditures on a website searchable by the public.
The information to be provided includes state contracts, state employment and salary data, public debt and pensions.
"We are careful to also list things that are not to be included as relates to taxpayer information, etc., personal information," said Rep. Barras.