ATLANTA -- An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the legislature in Georgia an "A" grade for how it makes legislative information available.
The Sunlight Foundation also gave the top mark to Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.
Other Southern states didn't fare as well. Alabama and Kentucky both got grades of F, as did Colorado, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Rhode Island.
The foundation rated legislative websites on such factors as completeness of the information on bills, votes and events; how quickly the information was updated; how easy the sites are to navigate; if the information was easily viewed with common software; and if information was preserved for future viewing.