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Redistricting commission calls for state audit

ByChad J. Johnson

Apr 15, 2022

The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission voted to send a request to Michigan’s Auditor General, which is an independent entity that oversees state agencies for the legislature.

The committee’s vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Rebecca Szetela said the organization should be ready to answer questions about how it handled its finances and constitutional responsibilities under the voter-approved amendment. The commission exceeded its budget by more than a million dollars.

“So I really think the point is to help us defend ourselves in front of the Legislative Assembly when we ask for more money,” she said at Thursday’s meeting.

Most of this deficit stems from the costs of legal challenges to the commission’s work.

The commission previously sparked controversy when a majority voted to unilaterally give themselves a pay rise before later reversing the decision.

The Commission’s Executive Director, Edward Woods III, recommended action.

“It’s just a proactive gesture of saying, hey, come audit us, check us on this instead of waiting to see if we’re audited at all,” he said.

A spokesperson said the auditor general has yet to receive the request.

“If it came to us, we would assess the scope and timing of the request as well as our resources and make a decision at that time,” Kelly Miller, state relations manager, said in an email to Michigan Public Radio.

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