March 24, 1997
Mr. Dennis John Hauge
P.O. Box 310
Prairieville, LA 70769
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 93-099
Dear Mr. Hauge:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its March 20-21, 1997 meeting, considered your request for “further delineation” of disclosure statements filed pursuant to Section 1120. Your request is a follow-up to an earlier request regarding an alderwoman of the Village of French Settlement participating in transactions involving the police department given that her husband serves as the Chief of Police. You also mention that a newly elected alderwoman is the wife of the Mayor of French Settlement.
Initially, the Board affirmed the opinions of the Board of Ethics for Elected Officials. The Board instructed me to inform you that Section 1120 only allows an elected official to vote on a matter that would otherwise be a violation of Section 1112 of the Code. Section 1112 prohibits an elected official from participating in a transaction if, among others, the elected official herself or her immediate family has a substantial economic interest.
The elected official is allowed to (1) recuse herself or (2) vote only and file a disclosure statement, pursuant to Section 1120, which explains why, despite the potential conflict, the elected official was still able to vote fairly and objectively. I have enclosed a copy of the Rules of the Board of Ethics for Elected Officials which remain in effect and which, at Rule 8.5, set forth the requirements of 1120 disclosure statements.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Patricia H. Douglas
For the Board