Legislature’s Audit of Itself to be Released After Delays

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(Harrisburg) – Six months months behind schedule, the Legislative Audit Advisory Committee (“LAAC”) is set to release the audit of the General Assembly for fiscal year 2010-11.  The LAAC has scheduled the meeting for 9:30 on May 1 in Hearing Room 3, North Office Building.

The meeting scheduled for April 4 was canceled because Chairman Gordon Denlinger could not assemble a quorum of Committee members. The Committee is comprised of four lawmakers and four citizens appointed by the four legislative caucuses.

  • Rep. Gordon Denlinger, (R-Lancaster), chairman
  • Rep. Florindo Fabrizio, (D-Erie)
  • Sen. Patrick Browne, (R-Lehigh)
  • Sen. Vincent Hughes, (D-Philadelphia)
  • Roger Nick, Cumberland, House GOP appointee (former House chief clerk)
  • James Stalder, Allegheny, House Democratic appointee
  • Mark Freemer, Clearfield, Senate GOP appointee
  • Vacant, Senate Democratic appointee

According to research complied by Democracy Rising PA (www.democracyrisinga.com), the audits are typically released in December and reveal large surpluses:

  • 2006-2007: Audit released December, 2007
    Surplus: $211 million
  • 2007-2008: Audit released December 17, 2008
    Surplus: $200.5 million
  • 2008-2009: Audit released December 18, 2009
    Surplus: $201.5 million
  • 2009-2010: Audit released December 17, 2010
    Surplus $188.6 million

Note:  The Auditor General is prevented from auditing the surplus accounts, and the legislature hires an auditing firm to examine itself every year.  In 2011,  the contract was awarded to accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP at a cost of “$198,500 for the audit of the statement of financial affairs; $35,300 for the audit of the advancement account check books; and $28,700 for the performance of the agreed upon procedures.”

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