From the Office of State Senator Ken Paxton, District 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013
Contact: Kate Zaykowski, (512) 463-0108

Senate passes SB 656 and SB 657 to Increase Local Government Transparency

AUSTIN—The Texas Senate Today passed SB 656 and SB 657 authored by Texas State Senator Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. SB 656 provides transparency in the budget adoption process of municipalities and counties and SB 657 relates to procedural requirements for adopting and filing a school district budget. Both bills will make it easier for citizens to find summary information about budgets and tax rates adopted by cities, counties, and school districts.

"Providing transparency regarding the use of public tax dollars has been an ongoing goal throughout my time in the legislature," said Sen. Paxton. "I believe government transparency fosters government accountability and I am proud both of these bills were passed by the Senate."

More information on both bills can be found below.

SB 656: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB656
SB 657: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB657

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