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Legislative Audit Committee Meets May 20

Thursday, May 14, 2020/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags:

The Legislative Audit Committee (LAC) meets remotely at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The Legislative Audit Committee ensures accountability for the disposition and use of public funds, and the efficient and effective management of state government programs. The committee meets regularly to review Independent Audit Reports, interact with audited agencies, and advise and consult with the Legislative Auditor and the staff of the Legislative Audit Division.

Financial and financial-compliance reports scheduled for review in May include: Montana State University, University of Montana, Department of Commerce, Montana Water Pollution Control and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs, and Montana State Lottery.

Scheduled for review are two contract audits of the Flathead Valley Community College and Miles Community College.

The committee will discuss audit prioritization for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 which includes discussion of potential audits relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee will also hear a presentation on a performance audit follow-up titled Management of Montana’s State Parks.

Senate Members of the LAC are Dee Brown (Chair), R-Hungry Horse; Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton; John Esp, R-Big Timber; Pat Flowers, D-Belgrade; Mary McNally, D-Billings; and Tom Jacobson, D-Great Falls. House members are Kim Abbott, D-Helena; Dan Bartel, R-Lewistown; Matt Regier, R-Columbia Falls; Tom Burnett, R-Bozeman; Emma Kerr-Carpenter, D-Billings; and Denise Hayman (Vice Chair), D-Bozeman.

The LAC meeting convenes at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. An agenda and other committee information can be found on the LAC's website.

This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be streamed live on www.leg.mt.gov and broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN) if you wish to view only. An archived recording of the meeting will also be made immediately available on leg.mt.gov.

Members of the public who wish to participate may join the meeting. If you want to participate, email Hunter.McClure@mt.gov / amaciver@mt.gov with your name and a request and you will be sent a calendar invite with instructions for joining and participating in the call by 5 p.m. the day before the call.

A time will be provided on the agenda for oral public comment. At that time, members of the public who have joined may "raise their hand" and participate after being recognized by the presiding officer or Zoom manager. Comments will be taken in order. Written public comment may be sent via email in advance of the meeting to Hunter.McClure@mt.gov / amaciver@mt.gov and will be provided to committee members.

Any oral or written public comment provided to the committee is a public record that is recorded, archived, and available on the web.

The Montana Legislative Audit Division will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this public meeting. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Angus Maciver (amaciver@mt.gov or 406-444-3122) as soon as possible before the meeting date.

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