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REPORT: TN Among Only States Posting Financial Disclosure of Judges

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WASHINGTON (AP) - All 50 states and the District of Columbia have more lax financial disclosure rules for their high court justices than the disclosure requirements for federal judges, according to an analysis from a watchdog group.


In three states - Montana, Utah and Idaho - Supreme Court judges do not have to publicly report their personal financial interests, said the report released Wednesday by the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity. Idaho, though, has recently proposed changing its rules to require judges to report income sources, gifts and travel reimbursements.


Other states, such as California and Hawaii, were praised for putting disclosure reports online for the public.


The center examined three years of records for the states' highest-ranking judges. Disclosure rules vary by state.


In Kentucky, for example, judges are not required to provide the names of the companies in which they have a financial interest. Instead, the report said, ownership is reported in broad categories such as "insurance," ''entertainment" and "energy."


"Despite the almost universally dismal requirements on disclosure, we still were able to identify conflicts," said John Dunbar, the center's manager for the project.


Only a dozen states post at least some of the financial disclosure information online for public view, said the center. Those states were: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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