I peeled this item from the AJC Political Insider and decided that it needs a little discussion here:
In the House, state Rep. Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta) is letting it be known that she’s tinkered with S.B. 300, which is up for a vote Tuesday.
Chambers said new language in the bill would requires all state authorities and the Board of Regents to submit their annual audits to the state auditor, who will check their math.
The audits would be made available via the Internet.
Chambers specifically cited adventures that state Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) has experienced with the Jekyll Island Authority over its finances. In its 2006 annual report, the Jekyll authority stated it was $210,575 in the red. But the authority actually turned a profit of $1,950,081 that year, according to the state auditor’s office.
The bill would also give the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House the authority to request assistance from the state attorney general when examining spending issues. Right now, only the governor can do that.
I find this to be refreshing legislation and hope that it makes it into law. Chambers is demonstrating what some of us Republicans consider REAL Conservatism.