Legislative panel mulls audit of Attorney General's office
St. Paul (AP) — A panel that works with Minnesota's legislative auditor will discuss Friday whether to seek a special audit of Attorney General Lori Swanson's office.
Swanson's office has been coping with unrest in her office stemming from an attempt by some attorneys to unionize. She said state law doesn't permit a union among the attorneys.
One lawyer who was suspended recently has raised allegations of ethical violations in the office.
Senator Ann Rest is a member of the audit commission. She said she's not sure if it's proper for Legislative Auditor James Nobles to wade into union issues. But she said the auditor may have a role in investigating other operational aspects of the office.
Meanwhile, Swanson has sought outside advice over the organizing effort.