Georgia gets D- on national ethics report card

State governments are doing a poor job when it comes to open government, according to a national ethics watchdog.

The 2015 State Integrity Investigation, described as “a data-driven assessment of state government by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity,” was released this week and the results are abysmal.

“The comprehensive probe found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Meanwhile, feckless, understaffed watchdogs struggle to enforce laws as porous as honeycombs,” the center said in a press release.

The state of Georgia received a D-, a score of 63 and ranks 24th on the national report card.

While some officials are pushing back — saying the state does a much better job of policing government ethics and transparency while challenging the methodology of the survey — the complete report can be found at:

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18693/only-three-states-score-higher-d-state-integrity-investigation-11-flunk

Readers can evaluate for themselves.

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