Arkansas Gets 'C'Grade for Financial Disclosure Laws

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Washington-based nonpartisan group says Arkansas' financial disclosure laws for governors are average, but better than many other states.

Arkansas got a C letter grade in the study by the Center for Public Integrity.  Arkansas' score of 74 out of 100 was 16th highest among the 50 states.

Washington state earned the only A, with Hawaii ranked #2.  Louisiana was third and Texas was fourth.

Arkansas' laws require an annual personal financial disclosure report by governors, along with other officials.  The laws were part of an initiated act approved by voters in 1988.

The Center for Public Integrity's survey graded states on how often governors are required to file reports, what information is required and how much access the public has to the reports, among other things.

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