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Senate advances bill creating legislative watchdog office

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Monday approved a bill from President Pro Tempore Greg Treat that would create a legislative watchdog office to provide lawmakers and the public independent data on agency budgets and performance.

Senate Bill 1 would create the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency, or LOFT, and advanced on a 38-10 vote.

“The Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency will give lawmakers and the public tools to better hold agencies accountable by providing independent data on budgets and performance,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “More than 30 states have an office similar to LOFT; and in those states, lawmakers have access to objective data they can use to set spending priorities and evaluate agency performance.”

SB 1 now moves to the House. Speaker Charles McCall is the House author.

–Staff report

 

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