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State Auditor Josh Gallion presents his Governor's Travel and Use of State Resources report to members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. 6-27-2018

Sean Foss: Lawmakers Can Tell the Auditor What to Do, but They Shouldn’t

Sean Foss: Lawmakers Can Tell the Auditor What to Do, but They Shouldn’t

This guest post was submitted by Fargo attorney Sean Foss. The recent dispute over the Legislature and Governor’s approval of restrictions on the State Auditor’s ability to perform performance audits has exposed numerous fault lines among our state’s leaders about who should have the ability to investigate and expose the potential misuse of public funds.

North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion, center, listens to Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, left, during a meeting at the state Capitol Monday, May 13, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

No, Senator Wardner, the Legislature Is Not in Charge of the Auditor

The American system of government is built around the concept of distributing the powers of government over multiple branches. At the state level its implementation can vary from one jurisdiction to the next, but that core concept persists wherever you go in the country. For good reason. It’s a solid concept, one requiring some degree

State Auditor Josh Gallion presents his Governor's Travel and Use of State Resources report to members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on June 27, 2018, at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

Plain Talk: Auditor Says He Would Have Preferred Legislature Coming Back Into Session to Restore His Office’s Powers

Recently state Auditor Josh Gallion met with legislative leaders to discuss last-minute legislation jammed through at the recent session in Bismarck to diminish his office’s ability to perform performance audits. While that meeting seems to have produced a consensus that the legislation should have been subjected to a more thorough debate, Senate Majority Leader Rich

Gov. Doug Burgum talks about his vision for North Dakota on Thursday, April 19, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: “Governor Burgum Has Proven Himself to Be a Member of the Good Old Boys Club”

Riley Kuntz is an organizer behind Audit the Swamp. A campaign which, among other things, aims to refer legislation limiting the state Auditor’s powers by requiring permission from a Legislative committee before performance audits can be conducted. Governor Doug Burgum signed that legislation into law, and Kuntz sees it as a repudiation of his 2016

Print Column: Lawmakers Should Come Back Into Session to Fix Their Shameful Auditor Mistake

MINOT, N.D. — During the waning days of the 2019 legislative session the budget for the state auditor’s office was sneakily amended to severely limit the autonomy of that office. The amendment requires the auditor to go begging to the Legislature for permission to conduct performance audits. The Legislature, essentially, gave themselves a veto over

Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo during floor debate Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmaker Sees No Problem Voting for Legislation Limiting Auditor’s Powers Despite Family Connection to Controversial Audit

Watch the floor debates in the North Dakota legislature long enough and you’ll eventually see a lawmaker stand up and ask to be excused from voting on an issue because of a conflict of interest. Sometimes it’s in earnest; sometimes it’s a joke. At one point in this session one wag jokingly asked to be

State Auditor Joshua Gallion testifies last week before a legislative conference committee about his office's budget. Gallion has told legislators that without additional resources, his office may have to decline to perform some audit requests. Diane Newberry / North Dakota Newspaper Association

Guest Post: Legislature Was Right to Tie the Hands of the Auditor

This guest post was submitted by Roscoe Streyle, a resident of Minot and former state lawmaker. There has been a big fuss by the State Auditor and some of his minions about legislative action to bring about some semblance of organization and communication with the legislature about doing performance audits.  I think a review of

North Dakota Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, right, listens while Gov. Doug Burgum speaks during a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol Friday, April 26, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Don’t Let Them Fool You, Lawmakers Knew Exactly What They Were Doing to the Auditor’s Authority

Now that there has been some public blow back over legislation gutting the autonomy of the state Auditor, certain state lawmakers are in full walk-back mode. There is even some talk of calling the Legislature back into session to address the issue, which was likely prompted by news of a nascent referendum campaign. I hope

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Referendum Campaign Forming to Put Question of Auditor’s Power on the Ballot

There has been a lot of controversy over legislation, sneaked into the budget for the Auditor’s office during the closing days of this year’s legislative session, which limits the powers of the state Auditor. Per that legislation, which was signed by Governor Doug Burgum (with feeble justification), the Auditor must now go begging to a legislative

State Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman) speaks on the floor of the state House during the 2017 legislative session

Lawmaker Admits They Gutted Auditor’s Powers Because He Isn’t “Supposed to Embarrass People”

When news first broke that the Legislature had snuck some last minute language into a budget bill to remove the bulk of state Auditor Josh Gallion’s autonomy supporters of the move insisted that it wasn’t retribution. Only now, as Associated Press reporter James MacPherson reports, one lawmaker is confirming that’s exactly what it was: Backers

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