But really, shouldn’t we grade this on a curve? Alaska got the best grade in the nation and it was a C!
The State Integrity Investigation is “a data-driven assessment of state government by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. The comprehensive probe found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Meanwhile, feckless, understaffed watchdogs struggle to enforce laws as porous as honeycombs.”
Many inside Georgia’s government gave the report a chilly response in Walter Jones’s piece on the matter. But demonizing lobbyists is always a good idea, so let’s all do that, shall we? We can safely ignore the fact that, despite their obvious representation of an interested party, they are often experts in the area and conversations with them often bring about good changes to legislation, not bad.