Washington state Senate OKs transportation audits

| 3/17/2003

The Washington state Senate unanimously approved legislation March 11 that would require regular performance audits of transportation programs.

SB5748 calls for an 11-member transportation performance audit board to review how money is spent and whether programs have value. The board would include five citizens, four lawmakers, the state auditor and a member appointed by the governor.

The board would administer performance reviews and then determine whether more targeted audits are required, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

The bill now heads to the House, which already approved a similar proposal, HB1121, calling for performance audits of transportation agencies. It is nearly certain that an auditing bill will make its way to the governor’s desk this session, according to the newspaper.