MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota receives indifferent reviews in a 50-state report that looks at the oversight of government ethics, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
The study released Thursday said Minnesota is one of 23 states that has an outside agency overseeing the ethical conduct of elected officials.
However, Minnesota does not collect information that allows the public to monitor nepotism and improper use of office or abuse of power, according to the "Watchdogs on Short Leashes" report.
The Center for Public Integrity is a national organization based in Washington, D.C., that analyzes campaign finance and ethics issues.
It praised Minnesota's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, which is among agencies in 10 states that also oversee personal and campaign finance disclosure.
But the report notes that Minnesota is one of a majority of states in which the oversight agency has no direct authority to bring charges against suspected ethics violators.
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board also does not publish legislators' names when it issues advisory opinions.
Moreover, in the past five years, the board has not issued any findings against a legislator for violating conduct laws, the report said.
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