Center for Public Integrity: How to use our State Integrity interactive to find solutions, ‘best practices’

It’s early January, when New Year’s resolutions seem attainable, extra pounds from the holidays losable, and sound policy from new state legislative sessions at least possible.  By now, 14 state capitals have welcomed their lawmakers back to town, and before the month is out, another 23 sessions will begin.

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N.C., S.C. flunk public records in State Integrity survey

From News-Observer.com:

A study released Monday ranked access to public records in the Carolinas as among the worst in the country.

The study by the State Integrity Investigation, which ranks states by their corruption risk, found that both North and South Carolina public record laws fail to provide an appeals process for denied requests or impose penalties on agencies violating public records laws.

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50 states and no winners

From State Integrity Investigation:

The tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics.

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State officials make lofty promises when it comes to ethics in government. They tout the transparency of legislative processes, accessibility of records, and the openness of public meetings. But these efforts often fall short of providing any real transparency or legitimate hope of rooting out corruption. 

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