andrewb610 t1_je880am wrote

You’re absolutely right. I’m not saying the legislature should respond that way, but the way things work is that the legislature writes the laws that tell the auditor what authority the position has and doesn’t have. Usually the executive branch can have oversight from the legislative branch, not the other way around.

What I haven’t yet found, which could change my opinion entirely, is the law providing for the powers of the state auditor. If the legislature gave the auditor power to audit them then case closed for the auditor. If not, then the speaker is right.


andrewb610 t1_jdl4qa3 wrote

> Section 6. Every department, board, commission or office of the commonwealth or of a county, city or town, for which no clerk is otherwise provided by law, shall designate some person as clerk, who shall enter all its votes, orders and proceedings in books and shall have the custody of such books, and the department, board, commission or office shall designate an employee or employees to have the custody of its other public records. Every sole officer in charge of a department or office of the commonwealth or of a county, city or town having public records in such department or office shall have the custody thereof.

Legally the Legislature is exempt from the State’s open record laws.


andrewb610 t1_jdl4hu2 wrote

In the usual US system, the Congress overseas the Executive Branch, not the other way around.

The state auditor is going to see her budget shrivel up very quickly. I admire her courage but her attitude of “I’m not asking for permission” is going to end with “and now I’m not getting a paycheck”.