Indiana Senate Democrats believe transparency and open communication are critical components of the democratic process. We continue to utilize new means of informing constituents about the legislative process, how to connect and engage with state government, and how new laws can affect us and our communities.
Keeping constituents informed and advocating for a clear and open government is of the utmost importance to Indiana Senate Democrats.
In 2010, Senate Democrats rolled out their "OpenGov" legislative package to improve public access to state government information. OpenGov is about improving government efficiency, keeping citizens informed through increased transparency and tracking how taxpayer dollars are spent.
2012 Open Government Proposals:
Stopping "Pay to Play": Public contracts should be awarded based on qualifications, not contributions. (SB 266)
Campaign finance reform: The influence of money in political campaigns at every level, and how that money affects policies after the election, is gaining increasing attention. (SR 8)
One-stop online public access to track taxpayer dollars in state budgets, spending and contracts: As a continuation of the Senate Democrats' effort that helped result in the Transparency.IN.gov state website, the caucus will push in 2012 for more access to information on:
Corporate accountability for economic incentives: Businesses that receive taxpayer-funded incentives for job creation should be held to their end of the deal. (SB 163)