March 19, 2012

Nevada ranks near bottom in "Corruption Risk Index"

That's according to a report released today by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity.

Key concerns cited in the report include: Part-time legislators who face conflicts of interest when laws deal with their private-sector employer, forcing lobbyists to only file disclosure reports during the Legislative session while the other eighteen months go undisclosed, a handful of legislators on the Interim Finance Committee making major budget changes and the Legislature exempting itself from open-meeting laws.

The report tracked fourteen different categories to arrive at the overall "D-" grade. Only two categories received a "C-" or better, while the rest received D's and F's.

The report did commend Nevada on "the variety of state records available online free to the general public" and the NELIS legislative tracking system that debuted in 2011.

Here's the report card: