JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation allowing the state auditor to compare the operations of the state's biggest government agencies.
The so-called comparative audit would be intended to identify the best practices and efficiencies among state agencies.
Republicans who backed the measure say such an audit would help find ways to save money. But Democrats say that Republican Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) is already allowed to perform comparative audits.
They say Schweich only requested the legislation to get money to expand his staff. An estimate included with the legislation says a comparative audit could cost up to $300,000.