A long list of grades was released yesterday, sorting states in order of their level of accountability. The Center of Public Integrity reported a D- rating for Idaho citing the state's lack of financial disclosure and even legislature votes that conflict with personal interests.
Two stories are coming off the AP wires that tie together with the above characteristics that earned the state its rating.
An ethics panel is exploring allegations that a Idaho senator broke their rules during a vote last week. A complaint filed by Democrats says state Sen. Monty Pearce did not disclose industry ties during committee and floor votes regarding the energy industry.
Last November, Pearce signed a lease with a company that would restrict county and city control over gas drilling projects.
Pearce's attorney, Charles Peterson, says the Senator did what he needed to do to disclose the leases that date back to the 1980s.