On a 65-23 vote, the Alabama House of Representatives passed HB350 which, if enacted, will place the Office of Examiners of Public Accounts under the management of the State Auditor. Sponsored by Ed Henry (R-Hartselle), the bill moves the audit function out from under the control and limited management of the State Legislature. The move comes as part of an ongoing effort by the Legislative Leadership to promote efficiency in state government. While improving efficiency, this measure most likely will result in an increased transparency and accountability with this important area of maintaining fiscal responsibility for the use of taxpayer dollars. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Please contact your senators and express support for this legislation.