New Transparency in Government Law Passes House of Delegates

Del. Peace’s House Bill 140 will require local governments and school boards to post approved budgets on-line for free citizen access Del. Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) introduced House Bill 140 (HB) to require local governing bodies and school boards to publish their budgets on the Internet or make them available in hardcopy. The bill passed by a vote of 97-0 and was communicated to the Senate.

"Virginians should expect more accountability in government. Open government laws enable citizens to be more informed about how their money is being spent. I am pleased to see this measure for more government transparency and take its first major step," Peace said. "I look forward to seeing it pass through the Senate and coming to the Governor’s desk for approval."

Currently there is no requirement for local governments to post their budgets online or in hard copy for citizens and residents. HB 140 will create such a requirement for all elected bodies of local governments. This bill mirrors the public release of the state budget online. To view the state budget visit the following web site:

Legislation is awaiting assignment to a Senate committee.