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E-M:/ Michigan...no legislative financial disclosure

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

This news release from the Center for Public
Integrity says that Michigan doesn't require legislators to
file financial disclosure statements....that would reveal
conflicting interests...

Subject: New on our Web site--State Legislator Financial Disclosures
  from 2004
From: "Center for Public Integrity" <publicintegrity@publicintegrity.org>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

State Legislator Financial Disclosures from 2004 Posted on Web

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2005 - Ever wonder what outside financial interests a legislator in your state might have? Now you can find out with a couple of clicks of your mouse. Putting the country's government ethics laws to work, the Center for Public Integrity today made thousands of state legislators' outside interest disclosure filings available to online users.

Researchers at the Center collected nearly 7,000 personal financial statements state lawmakers submitted in 2004 to oversight agencies in the 47 states requiring disclosure. Three states-Idaho, Michigan and Vermont-do not require disclosure at all.

Find the only document warehouse of its kind at www.publicintegrity.org/oi.

The Center will collect and post these filings on a rolling basis as reports become available across the country throughout 2005. Ranging in size from one page (New Hampshire's) to 59 pages (Florida's), these often-overlooked reports can be difficult to obtain. In Maryland, citizens have to drive to the State Ethics Commission's office in Annapolis to learn more about their lawmakers' outside ties.

Several states are trying to make their filings more accessible. Since the Center for Public Integrity's release of "Personal Politics" in September 2004:

Ø Legislators or staffers from several states, including Georgia and Virginia, have contacted the Center while looking into ways of improving their state's financial disclosure survey ranking.
Ø In New Jersey a new financial disclosure law went into effect on January 11, improving the state's ranking from 41st to 13th. The Assembly Majority Office consulted the Center's survey while developing the new law.
Ø In December 2004, a bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill that would require state legislators to file annual personal financial disclosures. The Center's survey of disclosure in the 50 states was referenced in developing the bill.

To read all the Center's reports log on to http://www.publicintegrity.org.

Nathan Kommers
Center for Public Integrity
910 17th St. NW
Washington, DC  20006
ph: 202-481-1221

Nathan Kommers Center for Public Integrity 910 17th St. NW Washington, DC 20006 ph: 202-481-1221

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