Anti-graft bill proposed in Missouri

     (AP) – The Missouri State Auditor and lawmakers are
proposing legislation that would allow law enforcement agencies, prosecuting
attorneys and circuit attorneys to request an audit of any political subdivision
or government entity.
     The St. Joseph News-Press reports that an auditor would then be able to
investigate improper government activities, such as misconduct, fraud or
misappropriation. The bill would also change the punishments issued to people
found guilty in those situations, and allow restitution to be paid to citizens.
     State auditor Nicole Galloway says several findings in local governments and
agencies led to the need for the proposed legislation.
     Galloway hopes the bipartisan bill will be on the governor's desk by January.


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