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Jun 08, 2012
BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal signed three bills today to enhance the state’s system for administering and enforcing ethics rules and campaign finance laws. The three bills – HB 942, HB 950, and HB 955 – were all sponsored by Representative Tim Burns and are part of the Governor’s 2012 legislative package.
Governor Jindal said, “Four years ago we enacted comprehensive ethics reform that gave Louisiana some of the strongest ethics laws in the country. These new laws build on those sweeping reforms by enhancing enforcement and making our ethics system more effective and accountable.”
In a letter to the legislators that carried these bills in the Senate and House, Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott wrote, “House Bills 942, 950 and 955 will make significant improvements to the Code of Ethics and Campaign Finance Disclosure Act by providing stronger enforcement powers and greater clarity in the law.”
HB 942 by Representative Tim Burns gives the Board of Ethics a limited right to appeal decisions of the Ethics Adjudicatory Board in order to provide an additional review of the merits of a case to ensure charges are properly evaluated.
HB 950 by Representative Tim Burns clarifies provisions in the Code of Governmental Ethics in three ways:
HB 955 by Representative Tim Burns specifies which alleged campaign finance violations are adjudicated by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board. It improves prior law to ensure failure to file and failure to timely file violations of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act are adjudicated by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board and enforced by the Board of Ethics. This clarification will provide better enforcement of these provisions by establishing clear authority on the prosecution and enforcement of violations of those laws.