Hawaii earned a grade of D+ when it comes to integrity, but that was still the fourth-highest rating in the country, according to the recently released State Integrity Investigation.

The Center for Public Integrity graded the states based on the laws and systems they have in place to deter corruption. Hawaii received a C grade in 2012.

Despite the nearly grade, Hawaii still received fourth-best report card in the nation with a score of 69. Only Alaska, California and Connecticut did better.

The center, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, gave Hawaii Cs in ethics enforcement agencies and public access to information, ranking us second in the nation for those two categories.

The Aloha State got its highest grade, a B, in internal auditing due to the fact that its auditor is constitutionally protected against political interference and can work without fear of retribution.

Meanwhile, free rounds of golf from lobbyists and “Frankenstein” bills – that come out of legislative committees or conference sessions bearing very little resemblance to the bills that went in – were part of the reason Hawaii got Fs for judicial accountability and lobbying disclosure.

State employees reported receiving more free golf tournament entries despite the Ethics Commission's advice against accepting golf gifts.

State employees reported receiving more free golf tournament entries despite the Ethics Commission’s advice against accepting golf gifts.

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