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Nevada ranks among worst for integrity in state government

It seemed like a simple rule: Don't get involved in a political campaign while serving on Nevada's Ethics Commission. After all, legislators created the commission as the main safeguard against misconduct by candidates and elected officials. To run for office while policing others would seem to be a clear conflict of interest.

Trouble at the Statehouse: secrecy, corruption and conflicts of interest

In November 2014, Arkansas voters approved a ballot measure that, among other reforms, barred the state's elected officials from accepting lobbyists' gifts. But that hasn't stopped influence peddlers from continuing to provide meals to lawmakers at the luxurious Capital Hotel or in top Little Rock eateries like the Brave New Restaurant; the prohibition does not apply to "food or drink available at a planned activity to which a specific governmental body is invited," so lobbyists can buy meals so long as they invite an entire legislative committee.

Nevada justices raise bar in blood-alcohol tests

Chemists who perform blood tests used to detect alcohol or drugs in administrative or preliminary legal proceedings must be qualified as an "expert" by a Nevada court before their findings can be submitted through a written affidavit or declaration, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday.