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Rank among 50 states: 3rd

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Washington’s government is a national leader in transparency and has embraced technology to encourage citizen participation. But budget cuts have hampered ethics agencies. Read more from SII State Reporter Vickie Kilgore.

Latest state news for Washington

State integrity news for Washington, from the Enumclaw Courier-Herald:

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission today added lobbying data to its online searchable database. Paid lobbyists register with the Public Disclosure Commission before lobbying state government and file monthly reports disclosing their compensation, entertainment expenses, campaign contributions given, and other lobbying-related expenditures.

The new feature gives the better access to private sector and public agency lobbying data, including the ability to perform custom searches.

Read the rest of the story at the Enumclaw Courier-Herald.

State integrity news for Washington, from SII partner KUOW:

A recent public radio investigation ranked Washington state second in the nation for government transparency. According to the State Integrity Investigation, only Connecticut did a better job of providing public access to public information.

As one quadriplegic man from Seattle learned, that doesn't mean it's easy to pry information out of Washington state agencies. But Thursday, it got a little easier. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

Read and hear more at KUOW - Seattle.


State integrity news for Washington, from the Seattle Post-Intelligencier:

The State Patrol must hand over accident records requested by a cyclist severely injured on Seattle’s Montlake Bridge, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Cyclist Michael Gendler suffered catastrophic spinal injuries when his front wheel was caught in the draw bridge grating. The crash left Gendler quadriplegic, unable to work full time or live independently.

In a 7-2 decision, the state’s highest court found the State Patrol is required to turn over the documents and is not entitled to demand Gendler not use them in a civil lawsuit.


Read the rest of the story at the Seattle Post-Intelligencier.

State Integrity News from Washington from SII partner KUOW:

A new survey on the potential for corruption in state government shows Washington has the third best score in the country with a B. But that doesn't mean there are no potential problems. Amy Radil reports and study author Vicki Kilgore brings us the story behind the score.

Hear the discussion from KUOW - Seattle.

State integrity news from Washington from SII partner KUOW:

Overall, Washington ranks as the third most transparent and accountable state in the nation. That’s according to a new State Integrity Investigation. It was conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International. But the report did find in the area of campaign finance the information can be pretty difficult to find even if it’s disclosed.

Read and hear more from KUOW - Seattle.

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