When we concluded the 2019 legislative session in June, it marked the end of a highly productive and successful legislative session. While the beginning of the 2020 session is still about half a year away, we’re already getting ready. Part of that work involves following up on legislative efforts instituted in 2019 as well as doing the research and holding hearings on issues that we’ll likely be taking up come next February.
I think one of the most innovative ideas to come out of the 2019 session was the creation of LOFT—the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency. The purpose is to be able to give lawmakers and the public tools to better hold agencies accountable through independent data on budgets and performance. This will be a nonpartisan, independent staff of highly educated professionals with oversight by a bipartisan committee of Senate and House members.
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