Report: States more lax than feds on judge rules

By By JENNIFER C. KERR

WASHINGTON (AP) — A watchdog group says 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.

The Center for Public Integrity says three states — Montana, Utah and Idaho — don't require high court judges to publicly report their personal financial interests at all.

Other states, such as California and Hawaii, scored relatively well for more robust rules and for putting the reports online.

Some states don't require any disclosure of gifts to state justices. Others have limits on gifts, but with loopholes.

The report cited Iowa, which allows justices to receive gifts worth any amount for their wedding or for their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries.

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