Today’s CALmatters column by Dan Walters touches on a new law designed to punish any individual who hinders an official auditing process.

Assembly Bill 562, introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Rolling Hills Estates), will result in any future audit obstruction being classified as a misdemeanor and carrying a fine of up to $5,000.

Spurred by the recent scandal in the University of California audit, in which reports filed by individual school presidents were funneled to the UC President’s office and edited, AB 562 offers a cautionary tool for preventing future interference.

Though not especially heavy-handed in the punishment authorized, Walters finds AB 562 to be an adequate solution that will serve California’s public well.

Read the full column here: New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits

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