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Updated Mar 12, 2013 - 6:23 am

Group gives Arizona ‘C’ for legislative openness

PHOENIX — A national pro-transparency group said the Arizona Legislature
isn’t doing a great job of sharing information with the public.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Sunlight Foundation released transparency
report cards on Monday for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The group
analyzed legislative websites to determine how readily legislative information
is publicly available. Grades were determined according to completeness,
timeliness, ease of electronic access, machine readability, use of commonly
owned standards and permanence.

Arizona received a “C” grade. The group determined Arizona’s legislative
website was difficult to use.

Eight states received an “A,” while six states received an “F.”

The Sunlight Foundation said it should be easy to access bills, votes and
lawmaker contacts.

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