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Study Ranks Utah Last for Ethics Laws

Study Ranks Utah Last for Ethics Laws

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah is failing when it comes to making basic information on state lawmakers' income, assets and potential conflicts of interest available to the public.

That's according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington D-C.

Financial disclosure reports are filed so the public has an idea of how the private interests of legislators might conflict with their duties as elected officials.

The center ranked each state based on the existence of financial-disclosure filings, access to these public records and basic disclosure requirements, among other things.

Utah was ranked last, with six-point-five points.

Washington was first, with 93-point-five points.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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