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Minnesota’s State Auditor Rebecca Otto is suing to prevent the “core duties” of her office from being gutted. The lawsuit argues a new law violates the separation of powers clause of the Minnesota constitution and says the legislature’s practice of bundling disparate issues into a single bill violates the “single subject” clause of the constitution.
At issue is a compromise bill hammered together in the early morning hours during one of the last days of the 2015 Minnesota legislative session and later signed by Governor Mark Dayton. The state government finance bill contained a clause that allows counties to use an outside private auditing firm starting in August 2016. Otto’s lawsuit says 50 counties have already opted for the private audits and are refusing to let her office do the audits that Minnesota law says her office must still do. Since county audit fees pay for a large part of the State Auditor’s office budget, Otto says her office is facing massive layoffs.
Otto contends the law does not prevent her office from conducting the county audits and requiring the counties to pay for them.
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