Performance audit bill drafted in Senate - Modeled after EFF's performance audit pledge
from Evergreen Freedom Foundation
OLYMPIASen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) has drafted a performance audit bill reflecting 100 percent of the model language the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) submitted to legislators in the form of a performance audit pledge last year. Fifty-three members of the House (including Speaker Frank Chopp) and 17 members of the Senate signed EFF's performance audit pledge. This means there should be no obstacles to a companion bill being introduced in the House.
"The legislature appears poised to finally adopt independent and comprehensive performance audits of state government," said Jason Mercier, budget research analyst for EFF. "We would like to thank Sen. Roach and all the performance audit pledge signers for their commitment to this type of accountability to citizens."
Performance reviews in Texas have identified $16 billion in potential savings since being authorized in 1991 and California's recent performance review identified $32 billion in potential savings that could be assumed over a five-year period.
Pledge signers in the House include: Representatives Ahern, Anderson, Appleton, Armstrong, Buck, Buri, Campbell, Chase, Chopp, Clibborn, Condotta, Crouse, Curtis, DeBolt, Dunn, Dunshee, Ericks, Ericksen, Haler, Hinkle, Holmquist, Hunter, Kilmer, Kretz, Kristiansen, Lantz, McCoy, McCune, McDonald, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Newhouse, Nixon, O'Brien, Orcutt, Pearson, Priest, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Schindler, Sells, Serben, Shabro, Strow, Sullivan, Talcott, Tom, Wallace, Walsh, Williams and Woods.
Pledge signers in the Senate include: Senators Benson, Benton, Carrell, Delvin, Esser, Honeyford, Kastama, McCaslin, Mulliken, Parlette, Rasmussen, Roach, Schoesler, Sheldon, Stevens, Swecker and Zarelli.
EFF sent each of the performance audit pledge signers a letter today thanking them for their support and offering the Foundation's assistance if needed. Although a performance audit initiative is being proposed by another organization, EFF believes the legislature should have a final crack at adopting this needed reform.
"If legislators decide not to honor their pledge, the people will have an insurance policy in the proposed performance audit initiative," said Mercier.
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