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2019 House Bill 4336: Clarify, expand Auditor General powers
Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson (R) on March 12, 2019
To expand the authority of the legislative Auditor General to "access" agency records (not just "examine" them), including electronic data and confidential records, while authorizing criminal sanctions for unauthorized releases of information. The Auditor General is authorized by the constitution and tasked with doing financial audits for all state institutions, departments, agencies and authorities. The House Fiscal Agency reports that more than 100 current laws restrict access to "sensitive" information to specified persons and purposes.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on March 12, 2019
Reported in the House on May 23, 2019
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on May 23, 2019
Reported in the House on June 11, 2019
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 103 to 3 in the House on August 28, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To expand the authority of the legislative Auditor General to "access" agency records (not just "examine" them), including electronic data and confidential records, while authorizing criminal sanctions for unauthorized releases of information. The Auditor General is authorized by the constitution and employed by the legislature through a non-partisan Legislative Council, and is tasked with doing financial audits of all state departments, agencies, authorities and other institutions. The House Fiscal Agency reports that more than 100 current laws restrict access to "sensitive" information to specified persons and purposes.
Note: In 2018 then-Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a similar bill (House Bill 4259 of 2017) as an "unconstitutional overreach that would blur the separation between the legislative and other branches".
Received in the Senate on August 29, 2019
Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on August 29, 2019
Received in the House on December 10, 2019
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on December 10, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.

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