Gallion unsure if he’ll run for re-election

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BISMARCK, N.D. - State Auditor Josh Gallion is up for re-election in 2020 and right now, he's not committing to running-partially due to a bill that makes him have to check with legislators before doing a performance audit.

Legislators tacked on the amendment toward the end of session, saying they wanted to make sure there was communication when doing audits. Gallion says his office doesn't have the resources to do certain audits, which they outsource. He says he'd have these thoughts anyways, but the new changes add a different dimension.

“These changes, not just to the performance audits, but to some of our outsourcing, it does impact our operations,” said Gallion.

Gallion says he’s currently looking for legal clarification on what audits will need prior authorization from the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee. Gallion says he'll make a decision on whether he'll run by the end of the year.