Pridemore named chairman of audit panel

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State Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, has been named the new chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, which conducts performance audits, program evaluations, sunset reviews, and other analyses of state programs.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned in these difficult economic times, it’s the need to make the most of every dollar,” Pridemore said in a statement. “Every dollar we save is a dollar that can help pay for public services, which is all the more important when you consider the kinds of cuts we’ve had to make to public services in recent years.”

The committee, composed of equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, is charged with making state government operations more effective, efficient, and accountable.

Pridemore, a former Clark County commissioner who is serving his second Senate term, chairs the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee and sits on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee.