Arizona legislature receives low marks for online access

March 12, 2013

A national pro-transparency group says the Arizona Legislature is not doing enough to share information with the public.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Sunlight Foundation has released transparency report cards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The group analyzed legislative websites to determine how readily legislative information is publicly available.

Grades were determined according to completeness, timeliness, ease of electronic access, machine readability, use of common standards and permanence.

Arizona received a "C'' grade. The group determined Arizona's legislative website was difficult to use. Eight states got "A'' grades,while six received an "F."

The Sunlight Foundation says it should be easy to access bills, votes and lawmaker contacts. 

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