Legislature to request probe of land sale to prison warden

Posted July 18, 2011, at 9:33 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee this week plans to ask for a review of the state’s sale of property in Thomaston to the Maine State Prison warden.

The legislative panel on Tuesday will ask for a review by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, which conducts independent performance audits of state government programs and activities.

The review comes days after the state attorney general said the sale violated state law. The three-parcel property was sold in June to Warden Patricia Barnhart and her partner for $175,000, which is $283,000 less than its town-assessed value.

The Government Oversight Committee will also take up matters concerning the Maine Turnpike Authority, whose spending and administration have come into question. Problems in the MTA have been largely resolved.

 

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