BILL SUMMARY for SB09-048
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
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|Refer Senate Bill 09-048 to the Committee of the W||PASS|
02:49 PM -- Senate Bill 09-048
Representative Primavera, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-048 concerning the financial audit of the Office of the Child's Representative. The bill removes the independent financial audit provision from the duties of the Office of the Child's Representative. Under current law, the office must have an annual, independent financial audit and report the findings to the Office of the State Court Administrator and the General Assembly.
The Office of the Child's Representative was implemented, through legislation, with a requirement for an annual independent audit because the office had not established internal fiscal policies and procedures. Each year, the Office of the State Auditor has contracted with an external auditing agency to perform the audit. At the request of the Legislative Audit Committee, the State Auditor conducts a review of agencies that are audited on a regular basis to determine which may not require an audit review. The State Auditor has recommended, based on the lack of audit findings in recent years, that the independent audit provision be eliminated from the requirements for the Office of the Child's Representative. Any resources that were used for conducting this audit will be used for other pending audit requests.
02:51 PM -- Theresa Spahn, Office of the Child's Representative, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Spahn discussed the legislation that created her office in 2001 and talked about the audit requirement that was established at that time. The bill was initiated by the State Auditor, not by the Office of the Child's Representative. She explained the goals of her office.
|TIME: || 02:54:01 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 09-048 to the Committee of the Whole with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed on a vote of 11-0.|
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS