Virginia ranked near bottom
in transparency, accountability
Virginia ranked near the bottom of states in a yearlong study released last week of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption measures.
Virginia was 47th of 50, with an “F” and a score of 55 percent, in the State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.
Virginia scored above the median on its civil service management and state purchasing but was near the bottom on public access to information and its ethics enforcement mechanisms, lead Virginia reporter Laura LaFay said.
“The Old Dominion is one of nine states with no statewide ethics commission, one of four states with no campaign finance limits and one of only two states [South Carolina is the other] where the part-time legislators handpick the judges before whom many of them practice law,” LaFay wrote in her recap of the study’s findings.