Assembly Member Lara’s Local Government Transparency and Oversight Measure Advances to Senate Floor

August 25, 2011

SACRAMENTO – Continuing his fight for transparency and oversight in local government, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) successfully moved AB 187 out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today with 6 - 3 vote.  The measure will allow the State Auditor to examine local governments during the course of her high-risk audit program to determine if there are any areas that are at risk of fraud, waste or mismanagement.

“Transparency and oversight is the only way we will restore the public’s trust in their local governments. AB 187 ensures public funds are being managed effectively and efficiently at the local level and ensures our local governments are free of waste, fraud and abuse,” said Assembly Member Lara.

The State Auditor is responsible for providing nonpartisan financial and performance audits of state government.  Existing law authorizes the State Auditor to establish a high-risk government agency audit program. Currently, the high-risk program does not give the authority for the State Auditor to include local governments in her high-risk assessments. AB 187 gives the State Auditor that authority and ensures greater government transparency and accountability at all levels.

AB 187 heads to the Senate Floor for vote.