Now that there has been some public blow back over legislation gutting the autonomy of the state Auditor, certain state lawmakers are in full walk-back mode.

There is even some talk of calling the Legislature back into session to address the issue, which was likely prompted by news of a nascent referendum campaign.

I hope lawmakers do go back to Bismarck to fix this. We’ll see what happens. But in the here and now, some of the spin certain lawmakers are engaging in to cover their actions is pretty remarkable.

Yesterday state Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman) admitted that it was current Auditor Josh Gallion’s aggressiveness which inspired the legislation to limit his powers. Today, however, he’s claiming his own amendment to that end went too far:

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