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State auditor can't do petition fiscal notes

State auditor can't do petition fiscal notes

March 30th, 2012 in News

Four weeks after he said, "No" to the state auditor's office writing initiative petition fiscal notes, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Wednesday made it a final "no."

And State Auditor Tom Schweich's office plans to appeal the decision.

As he wrote first on Feb. 28, Beetem again said this week that Missouri's Constitution limits the auditor's work: "No duty shall be imposed on [the state auditor] by law which is not related to the supervising and auditing of the receipt and expenditure of public funds."

At a March 13 hearing, Darrell Moore - the former Greene County prosecutor who now serves as Schweich's in-house counsel - told Beetem the judge's Feb. 28 ruling took "a restricted view of what an audit is, that it's only a review of monies received and spent, and not a look at the past, present and future of monies received and spent."