§12-3A-1. Legislative purpose and findings.
The Legislature finds that state government should facilitate
and promote electronic commerce, particularly in the electronic
receipting and disbursing of state funds. As many individuals
receiving recurring state funds do not have bank accounts for the
purpose of receiving direct deposits, and as the state desires that
all payments be made electronically by the year two thousand two,
it is the intent of the Legislature to provide a mechanism for all
payees to receive payments by electronic funds transfers through
direct deposit or through state issued debit cards. Further, as
usage of electronic commerce grows, state spending units need the
ability to accept payments electronically. To meet these goals,
the Legislature seeks to ensure proper management oversight and
accountability are maintained.