Saturday, April 7, 2012

Committee Clears Bill to Improve Data Gathering

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 5, 2012) – Legislation that would help lawmakers in their appropriation and policy decisions has been approved by a House committee.

Senate Bill 1451, by state Sen. Rick Brinkley and state Rep. Pat Ownbey, would require state agency strategic plans to include an analysis of the appropriated level needed to achieve certain listed measures for each of the five fiscal years of the plan.

“This bill, which is titled the Oklahoma Program Performance Budgeting and Accountability Act, is an attempt to have these agencies not only address expected changes in their services but also how they plan to meet those plans financially over a five-year fiscal period,” said Ownbey (R-Ardmore). “The more feedback and information we receive from state agencies, the better our decisions will be. This is a straightforward bill and I appreciate the support of my colleagues.”

The legislation was approved by the House General Government Committee and now proceeds to the House floor for consideration.

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