Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, displays Louisiana's detailed financial-disclosure and conflict-of-interests reporting form, left, and Florida's far shorter form, right, at a news conference Monday. Photo by Bill Cotterell
Elected officials should have to make much more detailed public disclosure of outside income sources and potential voting conflicts, an independent watchdog organization said in a "corruption risk report" issued at a news conference on Monday.
Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, and Ben Wilcox, research director the nonpartisan study group, said expanding what legislators and other elected officials must disclose -- and shortening the time they have to do it -- would be good for business. Krassner said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made ethics reform a top priority when he was elected in 2008, and that his state touts its conflict-of-interest requirements on its economic development website, to assure new businesses that state officials aren't abusing their regulatory powers.
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