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MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this year a long-simmering feud between Auditor Josh Gallion, members of the Legislature, and local government officials burst into the public’s eye. The dispute is over what the latter two groups say are sensationalized audits and skyrocketing audit costs.

That situation prompted lawmakers to put in place some new accountability measures for Gallion, including new legislative oversight, and an extensive performance audit of his office. Rep. Emily O’Brien, a Grand Forks Republican and one of Gallion’s sharpest critics in the legislature, is now the chair of the legislative committee overseeing those initiatives.

She joined this episode of Plain Talk to discuss her expectations of Gallion, and the audit of his office.

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