Local government transparency.

Authors: Senator Ed Charbonneau, Senator Brandt Hershman, Senator Earline Rogers

Co-authors: Senator Philip Boots, Senator Douglas Eckerty, Senator Brent Steele

Sponsors: Representative Sharon Negele

Co-Sponsors: Representative Kevin Mahan, Representative Christina Hale, Representative P Eric Turner

Advisors: Senator Brandt Hershman, Senator Karen Tallian


Requires the state board of finance to post a narrative description of all approved transfers of money, and the reason for each transfer, on the Indiana transparency Internet web site. Requires the department of local government finance (DLGF) to develop indicators of fiscal health for school corporations and other political subdivisions. Requires the DLGF to present information for evaluating the fiscal health of political subdivisions on the Indiana transparency Internet web site through conveniently and easily accessed dashboards. Prohibits the department of local government finance and other state agencies from using the fiscal health indicators to assign a school corporation or political subdivision a summative grade. Allows political subdivisions to request technical assistance from the distressed unit appeals board (DUAB) beginning in 2015. Requires the office of management and budget (OMB) to evaluate whether the DUAB requires additional powers and resources to provide technical assistance. Requires the OMB to also evaluate the organizational structure, board composition, and number of board members of the DUAB. Allows the OMB to recommend any legislation necessary to provide those additional powers and resources to the DUAB.