Iowa set to undercut state auditor’s authority

The Senate gave final approval to legislation that could have a significant effect on government oversight.
FILE – Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explains results of an audit his agency conducted of the Iowa Medicaid Home Health Services program during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Standing behind him are Deputy Auditor Annette Campbell, left, and Senior Auditor Melissa Finestead. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, Sand announced he’s running for re-election and not for governor as many Democrats had been hoping. (AP Photo/David Pitt, File)

The Iowa Senate gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that would block the state auditor’s authority to access certain information during an audit, over the objections of Democrats who called it a political power grab.

The bill, which the House approved last week, now heads to Gov. Kim Reynolds (R).

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