VACo Opposes Check Registry Bill

January 29, 2018

SB 751 (Sturtevant) requires every locality with a population greater than 25,000, and every school division with greater than 5,000 students, to post on their websites a register of all transactions. This includes vendor name, date of payment, amount, and description of the type of expense.

Action Required – Please contact your Senator to OPPOSE SB 751. The bill will be heard in Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

TALKING POINTS

  • Given the potential costs for localities to comply with this mandate, it should be a local option.
  • In addition to the cost of software, the bill will require significant staff time to implement, since staff would need to review transactions and redact certain payments (such as payments to undercover law enforcement).

KEY CONTACTS

Senate Local Government Committee: Stanley (Chairman), Hanger, Marsden, Favola, Lewis, Surovell, DeSteph, Dunnavant, Chase, Sturtevant, McPike, Carrico, McClellan

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP

Topic Tags: Capitol Contact, Joe Lerch

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