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Mississippi law makes nods to transparency. But ethics rules are enforced loosely, and the state is one of the few that allows politicians to use campaign contributions for personal expenses. Read more from SII State Reporter Bobby Harrison.
State Integrity news for Mississippi from the (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger:
Open government advocates say Mississippi is more open than it was four years ago, when the Mississippi Ethics Commission first was given the power to mediate state meetings and records disputes.
But the state still has a long way to go.
Mississippi received a D+ in "Public's Access to Information" on a 2012 report card from the State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project led by the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news organization.
Read more from the Clarion-Ledger.
Corruption news for Mississippi, from the Clarion-Ledger:
A Rankin County lawmaker in his second term in office has been ordered to repay the state $346,554 from public printing contracts that went to his family business and pay a $50,000 fine for the dealings.Rep. Kevin McGee (pictured, right), a Republican from Brandon, owns Service Printers of Flowood, along with family members.
After receiving a complaint from an anonymous source, the state Ethics Commission ruled there is "clear and convincing evidence" that 258 contracts between state agencies and Service Printers violated state ethics laws. State law prohibits legislators from doing business with state government because the Legislature dictates how the state's money is spent through appropriations.
Read the rest of the story at the Clarion-Ledger.
Corruption news for Mississippi, from the Clarion Ledger:
A user-friendly Internet website that reveals how county and state agency tax dollars are spent is getting kudos from the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information.The site, www.seethespending.org, a creation of the Jackson-based Mississippi Center for Public Policy, was recognized Thursday in Jackson during a "roast" of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to benefit the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation.
The site is proving its worth to many as a transparency tool and source for comparing prices and spending, said Jason Anderson, the Jackson-based center's vice president for operations.
Read the rest of the story at the Clarion Ledger.
Corruption news for Mississippi, from the Sun Herald:
Former attorney Paul Minor and two former judges have appealed their convictions in a Mississippi judicial bribery case and have asked a federal court to schedule oral arguments.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has not ruled on the request. The U.S. Attorney's Office has not yet filed a response
Minor was convicted of backing loans to the judges in exchange for favorable court rulings. The judges were convicted of taking bribes.
Read the rest of the story at the Sun Herald.