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Oregon boasts strong disclosure laws. But it’s one of the few states with no campaign finance limits, and its gift ban is full of holes. Read more from SII State Reporter Lee van der Voo.

Latest state news for Oregon

State Integrity news from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Since primary day, the big dollar donations have been flying. 1300 transactions of a thousand dollars or more have been logged in the state's disclosure database, known as ORESTAR.  The money's not easy to track, since one donation can pass through several political action committees, but many of these gifts are headed for state legislative races.

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State Integrity news from SII partner Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Oregon has an unusual regulatory system for campaign contributions. It's one of only a handful of states that places no limits on hom much money donors can contribute. That can lead to dizzying piles of cash pouring in to campaigns.

On the other hand, the state has some of the nation's tightest disclosure laws, so voters can track the flood of money.

Read and hear more from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

State integrity news for Oregon from SII partner Oregon Public Broadcasting:

If you go before a judge for a traffic ticket, to get a divorce, or deal with a crime, you want to know the court system is clean. The Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International have assembled a report card that rates judicial accountability. Oregon's grade was a "D."

No state west of the Mississippi received an "A."  But that doesn't mean that state courts are rife with corruption. The project looks at mechanisms designed to catch problems in the system.

Read and hear more from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

State integrity news for Oregon, from the Oregonian:

Following a story this week about a category of political contributions that were essentially hidden in paper files at the offices of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, state Elections Director Stephen Trout said these records will soon be posted online.

"We want to be transparent and have that information out there for people to see," said Trout, adding that he had also been spurred to put the information online by Janice Thompson, executive director of Oregon Common Cause.

Read the rest of the story at the Oregonian.

By Caitlin Ginley

Early last month, lawmakers in Iowa completed work on a new open records statute. Senate File 430 creates the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-member commission charged with enforcing the state’s open records and meetings laws.

For good government advocates in the Hawkeye State, the new legislation was cause for celebration — sort of.

Indeed, there were smiles all around as Gov. Terry Branstad signed the law on May 3 in the ornate Capitol Building, surrounded by lawmakers and journalists — many of whom spent six years on the effort. And the law is undoubtedly a victory of sorts for open government in the state, where enforcement was spotty at best, divided among several local and state entities. If a citizen’s request for information was denied, the only option was to sue — a time-consuming and costly course of action. Now, the Board can investigate complaints and bring them to court on citizens’ behalf.

It all sounds good — except for the fine print.

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