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For Immediate Release: July 17, 2018

Sen. Stedman Sends Criminal Referral for Leak of Confidential Audit

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ANCHORAGE – Today, Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka), chairman of the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee, sent the Department of Law a criminal referral for the unauthorized leak of a confidential audit related to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The audit was given to a reporter before the auditor had briefed the full committee, and before the committee had the chance to review, adopt and approve the audit to make it a public document.

“The legislative audit process and the work of the legislative auditor are critical to the legislature’s oversight role of the executive branch and boards and commissions,” said Sen. Stedman. “The confidentiality of audits still in progress must be maintained. I have asked the Department of Law to review the release of a confidential audit and decide whether prosecution is appropriate.”

Click here to view Sen. Stedman’s letter to the Department of Law.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 269-0147.

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