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Inspector General Transfer

SECTION 71.   The office of inspector general is hereby abolished. Unless a contrary intent clearly appears, all powers and duties exercised by said office immediately prior to the effective date of this act are hereby transferred to the office of the state auditor.

All books, papers, records, documents, equipment, lands, interests in land, buildings, facilities, and other property, both personal and real, which immediately prior to the effective date of this act are in the custody of the inspector general, and which relate to or are maintained for the purpose of the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties, are hereby transferred to the auditor; provided, that all such property held in trust shall continue to be held in trust and be administered in accordance with the terms of such trust, by the trustees appointed by any court of competent jurisdiction upon application of any interested persons for such appointment or for instructions in connection therewith. All questions regarding the identification of such property shall be determined by the secretary for administration and finance.

All petitions, hearings, and other proceedings duly brought before, and all prosecutions and legal and other proceedings begun by, the inspector general that arise from or relate to the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties, and which are pending immediately prior to the effective date of this act, shall thereafter be completed by the auditor.

All orders, rules, and regulations duly made, and all licenses, permits, certificates, and approvals duly granted by the inspector general that arise from or relate to the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties, and which are in force immediately prior to said effective date, shall continue in force, and the provisions thereof shall thereafter be enforced, until superceded, revised, rescinded, or cancelled in accordance with law, by the auditor. All questions regarding the identification of such petitions, hearings, prosecutions, proceedings, orders, rules, regulations, licenses, permits, certificates, and approvals, and of the agencies to which the completion or enforcement thereof is transferred shall be determined by the secretary for administration and finance.

All monies heretofore appropriated for the inspector general for the purpose of the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties and remaining unexpended on the effective date of this act, are hereby transferred to, and shall be available for expenditure by, the auditor. All questions regarding the identification of such monies shall be determined by the secretary for administration and finance.

All duly existing contracts, leases, and obligations of the inspector general that relate to the exercise of such powers for the performance of such duties, and which are in force immediately prior to the effective date of this act, shall thereafter be performed by the auditor. This section shall not affect any renewal provisions or option to renew contained in any such leases in existence on said effective date, all of which may thereafter be exercised by the auditor. All questions regarding the identification of such contracts, leases, and obligations of the inspector general shall be determined by the secretary for administration and finance.

Wherever the name "inspector general", or "the office of the inspector general" or "the inspector general's office", or the name of any department, agency, office, commission, committee, council, board, division, bureau, institution, other administrative unit, or officer within the office of the inspector general, from which powers and duties are transferred by the provisions of this act, appear in any statute, special act or resolve, order, rule, regulation, or other document related to the exercise of such powers or the performance of such duties, such name shall be construed as referring to the office of the state auditor, unless a contrary intent clearly appears.