Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

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"… n had a budget of $725,000 in 1999; now, it’s at less than $284,000. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission only has one investigator and one attorney among its five-person staff, wh …"

Lobbying laws in the states

By Neil Gordon

A round-up of lobbying laws that have recently been enacted or changed

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"… ir activities.Pataki also seeks an outright ban on gifts from lobbyists to state officials. The current law allows gifts worth up to $75. The state lobbying commiss …"

"… to impose a two-year cooling-off period for legislators and other elected state officials. That month, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission considered raising the amount …"

"… n considered raising the amount that a lobbyist can spend in a year on any state official or employee to $600, but decided to hold the limit at $300. Lobbyists are …"

"… only required to disclose expenditures when they spend more than $50 on a state official over a six-month period.PennsylvaniaPennsylvania is still the only state l …"

Watchdogs on short leashes

By Kenneth Vogel and Leah Rush

For most legislatures, ethics enforcement is an in-house affair; for the rest, agencies that oversee them are kept on a short leash

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"… uestions, which were answered by various officials, the Center interviewed executive directors of all the independent ethics agencies, who provided insights and reflect …"

"… they could not do anything about it, according to John O'Donnell, who was executive director of the commission until he retired in June 2001. That's because that commi …"

"… mittees have the option of meeting behind closed doors. Herbert H. Hayden, executive director of the state ethics commission, told the Center that the confidentiality o …"

"… k [self-regulation] is generally not a workable system," said Frank Daley, executive director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, which oversees a …"

Oklahoma

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Oklahoma

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… te of inflation, or 7 percent, between 1997 and 2000. Those states include Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon an …"