Senate Appropriations Chair Calls for Audit of Highway Patrol
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Senate Appropriations Chair Calls for Audit of Highway Patrol

Date: March 16, 2015
By: Jill Ornitz
State Capitol Bureau

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Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer told a committee he would support an audit of the State Highway Patrol to verify Ferguson overtime records.
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Wrap: Columbia Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer said he would support an audit of the Highway Patrol regarding the overtime numbers it submitted because of the unrest in Ferguson.

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Description: "We have to take them at their word that those numbers that we got are the numbers. But we have to do that in every one of these budget lines because we don't have any independent verification or auditing on anything."

Schaefer said the committee has to take the Highway Patrol at face value when it comes to the overtime hours.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jill Ornitz.

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Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer told a committee he would support auditing the Highway Patrol to verify the overtime numbers it submitted following the unrest in Ferguson.
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Wrap: During a conversation with Bolivar Republican Mike Parson in a Senate Appropriations Committe Hearing, Chairman Kurt Schaefer said he supports auditing the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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Description: "So when the Ferguson ordeal is all said and done, will that all be audited? At some point? Can it be? I think that's discretionary for the auditor. We can certainly ask for that to be audited. It should be audited."

Schaefer said there is no mechanism in place for the committee to verify any of the figures included in a budget.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jill Ornitz.


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