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Rank among 50 states: 41st

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Though Idaho has no reputation for corruption, a lack of disclosure laws makes it hard to monitor officials’ ethics. Read more from SII State Reporter Betsy Russell. 

Latest state news for Idaho

State integrity news for Idaho, from the Idaho Statesman:

The latest nominee for the traveling “What-was-this-senator-thinking?” trophy is Cottonwood Republican Sheryl Nuxoll.The first-term lawmaker decided to take advantage — and we do mean take advantage — of an internal rule that allows senators to spend up to $2,000 of taxpayer money sending out mailings.

There is nothing wrong with Nuxoll trying to acquaint herself with voters in her new district. But it is inappropriate for her to expect taxpayers to foot the bill.

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State integrity news for Idaho, from The Spokesman-Review:

A unanimous Idaho Supreme Court has rejected state Rep. Phil Hart’s state income tax appeal, ruling that the lawmaker has “no greater privilege than his constituents.” Hart had cited legislative privilege in his repeated appeals of an order to pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest.

He filed his appeal months after the 91-day appeal period had expired, but argued that because the deadline fell shortly before the start of a legislative session, he should get more time.

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State integrity news for Idaho, from the Idaho Statesman:

Idaho expects, and allows, its 105 citizen legislators to police themselves — to write and enforce their own ethical guidelines.

And that’s one reason why the rules are so weak. It is unrealistic to expect lawmakers to write rules without thinking about what helps or hurts them. That’s why the Legislature has been slow to follow 47 other states that require lawmakers to disclose their finances.

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Corruption news for Idaho, from the Spokesman-Review:

When Idaho Sen. Mitch Toryanski was a West Point cadet, the definition of ethics was clear: A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do. The penalty was expulsion.Now that he’s a state senator serving on the Idaho Legislature’s bipartisan working group on ethics, it’s a bit more complex. “What kind of system do we want to ensure integrity?” Toryanski (pictured, right) asked. “I don’t think anyone knows what we’re going to do, but hey, the conversation’s started.”

The working group, with four senators and four representatives, half from each party, has been meeting twice a week for the past four weeks to try to find common ground on how to establish an independent ethics commission for Idaho, something 41 states have but Idaho lacks.

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Corruption news for Idaho, from the Idaho Statesman:

Republican House Speaker Lawerence Denney said Thursday he may fire his appointee to Idaho's redistricting commission because some members of his caucus don't think she did enough to protect the state's dominant political party's interests.The commission member, former GOP state Rep. Dolores Crow, said she has no plans to quit, setting the stage for a possible standoff just a day after the Idaho Supreme Court ruled 4-1 to throw out newly drawn political boundaries on grounds they split too many counties to be legal.

"They thought it gave too much away," Denney said in an interview in his third-floor Capitol office, adding he thinks it's within his power to remove Crow against her will.

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