NASHVILLE—Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, has managed to pass six bills this legislative session, including House Bill 651. House Bill 651 requires chairs of audit committees to report fraudulent or illegal activity to the state comptroller immediately. The bill amends a 2005 law. Lawmakers realized the 8-year-old law needed updating when a local audit committee failed to report fraudulent activity to the state comptroller.
“They were trying to fall back under the confidentiality provision,” Powers said.
House Bill 651 closes the loophole by defining auditing paperwork as public record and requiring audit committees to submit findings to the comptroller immediately. The bill passed in the Senate on Feb. 7 and in the House of Representatives on March 14. The Governor signed it into law on April 3.