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A bill that would require local units of government and school districts with budgets more than $1 million to post information online and inform taxpayers on how each unit allocates and spends funds passed out of the House Counties and Townships Committee late last month.

Last week was the committee deadline and movement on House Bill 2717 indicates the General Assembly could hear more about it as session continues.

Representatives Jeanne Ives and Peter Breen sponsored the bill, which would push transparency of budgets, revenue data, pension debt, contract bidding, lobbyist agreements, contact information for Freedom of Information Act officers and more.
The bill saw some opposition, with Representative Sam Yingling calling it a “burdensome mandate.”

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