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Upon introduction, well re-introduction of the transparency package he introduced last year, State Rep. Greg Lavelle received a national shout out from Americans for Tax Reform. Lavelle’s bills are:

House Bill 89 – (Sponsors: Rep. Lavelle & Sen. Bunting, et. al.) – This act would require information concerning the distributions from the Delaware Strategic Fund to be posted on the Delaware Economic Development Office’s website. (In the 144th G.A.: HB 331/SB 188)

House Bill 87 – (Sponsors: Rep. Lavelle & Sen. Bunting, et. al.) – This act would require each school district and charter school to post its checking account activity (other than payroll checks) on its website. It would also require that salary and benefits to be posted by job title at the beginning of each fiscal year. (In the 144th G.A.: HB 337/SB 186)
House Bill 90 – (Sponsors: Rep. Lavelle & Sen. Bunting, et. al.) – This act would require the creation of a searchable budget database website to allow taxpayers to access details of how their tax dollars are being spent. (In the 144th G.A.: HB 334/SB 184)
House Bill 86 – (Sponsors: Rep. Lavelle & Sen. Bunting, et. al.) – This bill would require each state agency to post its checking account activity (other than payroll checks) on its website.  It would further require salary and benefits to be posted by job title at the beginning of each fiscal year. (In the 144th G.A.: HB 336/SB 187)

House Bill 88 – (Sponsors: Rep. Lavelle & Sen. Peterson, et. al.) – This act seeks to require the creation and maintenance of a searchable website for contracts entered into by school districts and charter schools. (In the 144th G.A.: HB 338 and SB 185)

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The News Journal ran a piece in today’s paper kicking off a series about open government.

Per the article,

When it comes to Delaware’s public records on the Internet, citizens’ access can be a mouse click away — or available only through a pricey subscription.

It depends on where you look.

The Caesar Rodney Institute is in the process of requesting numerous documents from state government, local governments and school districts. Thus far, our experience has mirrored what the News Journal has reported – some agencies are forthcoming, others are not. As we continue to request information in an effort to increase transparency, we’ll use CaesarRodney.org and this blog to update you on our efforts; informing you of obstacles we face, if any, and what the information reveals.

In the meantime, you can read the full story here.

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