The State Integrity Investigation, sponsored by The Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. Has graded the South Dakota state government next to last in their ratings, only Georgia is lower.
(I noticed in the link, SII, put ‘Wyoming’ not ‘South Dakota’)
To go along with that nice report card there is a story by Denise Ross, who cite some of South Dakota’s short comings
South Dakota has neither comprehensive state ethics laws nor an ethics commission to oversee state officials and bureaucrats. And it comes up short in requiring public officials to disclose financial details.
however Dusty Johnson fires back
Dusty Johnson, chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, says he believes state government operates in an ethical fashion and has sufficient oversight.
“In order to have an ethical government, states need a triumvirate of ethics institutions: ethics policies (South Dakota has them), people to enforce those policies (South Dakota has them), and a free and robust press able to uncover ethics violations that those policies and people wouldn?t otherwise uncover (South Dakota has that),” Johnson wrote in an email. “Before altering our existing triumvirate, I?d want some confidence that our existing system isn?t working, and that a new system would do a better job.”
The article goes in to more detail about what is wrong and right with our state government
Mrs. Ross does point out some of our good points:
The LRC?s website is perhaps the brightest spot when it comes to accessibility and transparency in South Dakota government.
The site, provides real-time streaming audio of all committee hearings and floor sessions. All agendas are posted in advance of committee and floor action, and the site allows users to track legislation as well as topics. Anyone interested in the business of the South Dakota Legislature can use the Internet to follow the action almost as closely as someone who never leaves the Capitol.
This year SD public Televison had C-Span style coverage the legislature.
Yes, we have our problems. None of them compare to some of the other states issues. In most cases if there is a problem, we fix it. While we could be doing better, I am not too sure if we need a major over haul of reforms just to please some outside group.