2011-426
Created By: Elizabeth Sanders on 04/29/2011 at 10:10 AM
Category: Miscellaneous
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April 25, 2011


Mr. Camille Morvant
District Attorney
17th Judicial District Court
P. O. Box 431
Thibodaux, LA 70302

RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2011-426

Dear Mr. Morvant:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its April 15, 2011 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion regarding whether a member of the LaFourche Parish Housing Authority may sell insurance to residents of the Housing Authority. You stated that Jerimiah St. Pierre was appointed to serve on the LaFourche Parish Housing Authority Board on September 14, 2010 as a non-compensated commissioner. Mr. St. Pierre also serves on two other parish boards. Mr. St. Pierre is a licensed Louisiana insurance agent and wants to sell insurance products to residents of the housing authority. The residents of the Housing Authority must submit an application and enter into a leasing agreement with the Housing Authority.

The Board concluded, and instructed me to advise you, that the Code of Governmental Ethics prohibits Mr. St. Pierre from selling insurance to residents of the Housing Authority. Section 1111C(2)(d) of the Code prohibits a public servant from accepting anything of economic value for services rendered from a person who has a contractual or any other business or financial relationship with the agency of the public servant. The leasing agreement between the residents and the Housing Authority is a contractual relationship. Therefore, as long as those residents have the contractual relationship with the housing authority, Mr. St. Pierre, as a member of the Commission, is prohibited from accepting anything of economic value from those residents of the Housing Authority for providing insurance services.

This advisory opinion is based solely on the facts as set forth herein. Changes to the facts as presented may result in a different application of the provisions of the Code of Ethics. The Board issues no opinion as to past conduct or laws other than the Code of Governmental Ethics. If you have any questions, please contact me at (225) 219-5600 or (800) 842-6630.


Sincerely,

LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS


Aneatra P. Boykin
For the Board

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