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State lawmakers investigating Republican Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s $3.5 billion accounting error said in a report Wednesday that he should be fired and the office be stripped of several responsibilities. The recommendations came after a Senate subcommittee held four hearings to investigate Eckstrom’s error. 

“To ensure accuracy in the state’s finances, all the duties of his office need to be transferred immediately to one or more agencies that will produce documents that we can rely on and have confidence in,” said state Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley. 

The responsibilities of the comptroller general, a constitutional officer, include assembling the state’s annual financial report. These duties would be moved to other agencies, such as the Attorney General’s office, the Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Administration, according to The State

“I strongly disagree with the findings of the senators,” Eckstrom said in a statement. “I will not be distracted by anyone from the work ahead of us, work voters elected me to do during this term.”

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