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Pickett Votes for Online Spending Database

In efforts to help increase the public’s access to government spending records, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) voted Wednesday in favor of House Bill 15, legislation that would create an online database of state government spending. 

“An online database that records state spending is an important part of being trustworthy and answerable to taxpayers,” said Pickett. “We believe that once ample sunlight is shone on state expenditures, then there will be greater accountability of each and every penny from the taxpayers that is being spent, and I am proud of this effort.” 

Under House Bill 15, the state treasurer must develop, implement and maintain a single, searchable website known as the Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub (PennWATCH). The website must contain the revenue and expense information of state agencies and be accessible to the public at no charge. The legislation stipulates that if signed into law, it must be developed by Aug. 31, 2011. 

House Bill 15 was passed this week along with six other reforms to restore trust back in state government.  

Pickett supported additional reforms in the package designed to clean up the image of state government and make certain that strict controls are in place to prevent corruption. In addition, the bills will end pay-to-play government contracting, encourage workers who witness corruption to speak up without fear of retribution and ensure that lobbyists don’t skirt existing laws. 

The seven reform bills now head to the Senate for consideration. 

State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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