Idaho and Michigan only states without disclosure law

Jul 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Government
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is now one of only two states that don’t require personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers and other elected or appointed officials.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/2v133jz) Vermont legislators signed into law last month a series of ethics reforms including financial disclosure rules. That leaves just Idaho and Michigan as the states lacking a similar law.

The Idaho Legislature has appointed a working group of lawmakers to study possible changes to the state’s campaign finance reporting rules and ethics, however.

The Center for Public Integrity gave Idaho a D-minus in the center’s State Integrity Investigation report two years ago, noting that Idaho currently has no financial disclosure requirements or so-called “revolving door” laws. Such laws typically require a waiting period before former legislators can come back to work at the legislature as lobbyists.

Idaho also has only a few ethics laws and no entity to effectively enforce them, though lawmakers are often offered an ethics lesson at the start of every legislative session.

Vermont’s new legislation requires candidates and officeholders to disclose all income sources over $5,000, though not the specific amounts. Spouses are also subject to the disclosures. Vermont’s other requirements include rules that candidates must disclose companies in which they or a spouse own more than 10 percent and that statewide candidates must release federal tax returns.

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One Comment to “Idaho and Michigan only states without disclosure law”

  1. John Dille says:

    AAAH, THE BENEFITS… TO THE RICH AND POWERFUL… OF BEING A ONE PARTY STATE… WHERE THAT ONE PARTY CATERS TOTALLY AND ONLY TO… THE RICH AND POWERFUL!!! BUT OF COURSE, THOSE EVIL DEMOCRATS ARE TO BLAME FOR THIS SITUATION… JUST AS DEMOCRATS ARE TO BLAME FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS PLAGUING ALL THE 30 PLUS ONE PARTY… TOTALLY REPUBLICAN… STATES IN AMERICA!!! NOW… LETS DO THE SAME THING AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL…. THE REPUBLICAN BILLIONAIRES WHO TOTALLY OWN AND CONTROL THE UNITED STATES… PRETTY MUCH TOP TO BOTTOM… DEMAND IT!!! AND REPUBLICANS MUST DO WHAT THEIR RIGHT WING BILLIONAIRE MASTERS TELL THEM TO DO!!! EVEN IF ONE OF THOSE BILLIONAIRES IS A TOTALLY SELF CENTERED NARCISSIST WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE ABLE TO BUY HIS WAY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE!!! WITH AN AWFUL LOT OF HELP FROM ALL THE REPUBLICAN MEDIA OUT THERE… AND FROM A CERTAIN RUSSIAN DICTATOR… OF COURSE!!! PUTIN SEEMS TO BE DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF TEACHING REPUBLICANS HOW TO RUN A DICTATORSHIP… A KLEPTOCRATIC ONE, AT THAT!!!

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