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Published August 21, 2012, 08:17 PM

Mock, Gruchalla Promote Sunshine Act

North Dakota continues to hold a failing grade when it comes to state integrity in campaigning due to lax finance laws and a lack of an ethics commission.

North Dakota continues to hold a failing grade when it comes to state integrity in campaigning due to lax finance laws and a lack of an ethics commission.

There's a 58 percent chance of political corruption in the state and some representatives are trying to change that. Representatives Corey Mock and Ed Gruchalla talked with people in Grand Forks today about the Sunshine Act of 2013. This is legislation that would increase government transparency, enhance disclosure requirements and create the state's first ethics and oversight committee. Representatives say this would help ensure an ethical government.

Mock: "North Dakota has received failing grades and has for many years, we are amongst the worst. We need to approve these laws and make sure that we do have a state that leads the nation in accountability and transparency and isn't falling behind."

Only seven other states have a worse integrity score than North Dakota. This bill will be introduced in the next legislative session.

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