Group organizes to undo changes to Auditor’s powers, Roosevelt Library

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A group of North Dakotans is looking to undo legislative actions signed off on in the final days of the 2019 session. Riley Kuntz of Dickinson says he’s part of a group of people looking to referred three different actions from the legislature, including the Auditor’s budget and Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library funding.

Kuntz says the Auditor was doing his job and the legislature overstepped.

“You can’t take away that kind of authority of an auditor,” Kuntz said in a phone interview with KFYR-TV. “Without him [State Auditor Josh Gallion] doing these audits and informing the public, we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.”

SB 2004- the budget bill for Auditor Josh Gallion’s agency- included a section making him have to check with an interim legislative committee before preforming performance audits. Some of Gallion’s recent performance audits include the Governor’s travel and North Dakota’s State College of Science.

Representative Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo, says the committee stands by the work they did creating the auditor’s budget. The Associated Press reported leadership is looking at possibly recalling legislators to Bismarck. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, will meet with Gallion next week to discuss the potential impact of the bill.