Advisory Panel Reviewing Louisiana Ethics Laws - State and Federal Communications

December 1, 2017  •  

Advisory Panel Reviewing Louisiana Ethics Laws

In Louisiana, a pair of legislators and members of the Board of Ethics are leading an advisory committee to review and revise the state’s ethics laws.

The overarching goal is not to tighten requirements, but to address clarity and the ease of ethics reporting. On the list of things to be considered for revision are lobbyist reporting which is now done monthly but could be reduced to quarterly, and rules about accepting and reporting sponsored travel and gifts.

Gov. Bobby Jindal overhauled Louisiana’s ethics laws a decade ago, but the sentiment among lawmakers is that those changes were made not to promote transparency and enforcement, but rather to rate high on an ethics ranking system.

The advisory committee plans to make recommendations to the Legislature ahead of the 2018 regular session scheduled to convene in March.

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