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Transparency Legislation Roundup - March

March 26, 2014
by Jacque Porte

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz pledges to clarify and improve existing transparency laws

President Gaetz pledged to substantially amend public records and public meeting laws in the 2014 legislative session. He has been working with Florida’s First Amendment Foundation to clarify how the public may access records and how agencies should respond. The work is focused on Senate Bill 1648, which will bring transparency to organizations that accept membership fees from the government. President Gaetz is also working with Speaker Weatherford on Work Plan 2014, which includes several proposals to strengthen ethics and open government reforms,

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New Jersey Legislation aims to provide a website allowing taxpayers to track State finances

Assembly Republican Alison Littell McHose sponsored the “Transparency in Government Act,” which cleared the Budget Committee last month. The legislation requires the creation of a State public finance website providing easy public access to data and details about State revenues, expenditures and total bonded indebtedness.

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Sen. Hegar plans to amplify transparency in Texas Comptroller’s Office

With an eye on the election for Texas Comptroller, Sen. Glenn Hegar says he plans to foster transparency at the Comptroller’s Office. In 2007, Hegar sponsored legislation establishing www.TexasTransparency.org, a website that shows taxpayers how money is being used by the state’s government. His plans for Comptroller include providing information concerning tax legislation and how taxes are being used.

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ASAHQ backs “Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act”

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is supporting “The Healthcare Marketing Act of 2013” on behalf of its members. The legislation would empower patients by requiring healthcare providers to provide more informative and increase clarity in advertisements and marketing. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA) introduced the bill, titled H.R. 1427, in April 2013, and it is currently waiting to be heard by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

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