Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Anyone who knowingly interferes with the duties of California’s independent state auditor will be fined up to $5,000 under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Under the law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, people who obstruct a state audit “with intent to deceive or defraud” will have to pay the fine. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), and two other Democratic lawmakers wrote AB 562 after state Auditor Elaine Howle said in April that she had to discard part of her audit of the University of California president’s office because administrators there interfered with the probe. The president’s office runs the 10-campus system...

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