Created By: Jenny Arnaud on 04/17/2008 at 09:18 AM
Category: Lobbyist Charges
February 25, 2008
Mr. Ernest Stephens
1233 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-1046E
Dear Mr. Stephens:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its February 14, 2008 meeting, concluded a private investigation into information received by the Board of Ethics.
Following this private investigation, the Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at its February 14, 2008 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Ernest Stephens, a registered lobbyist in 2007, may have violated Section 55B(1) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:55B(1)] by failing to file the Lobbying Expenditure Report due by August 15, 2007, and covering the reporting period of January 1, 2007 through June 31, 2007.
The hearing will be held at 10:00a.m., July 10, 2008 in the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency Building, 2415 Quail Drive, 1st Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in Section 1141E and 1143 of the Code, and in conformity with the Rules adopted by the Board, a copy of which is enclosed. At the conclusion of this public hearing, the Board may impose additional civil sanctions of up to $10,000 as per Section 58D(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:58D(2)].
In order to fully cooperate with you in this matter, the designated trial attorney will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents that may be introduced into evidence and the names and addresses of all witnesses that the designated trial attorney intends to call. If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Board, through its Executive Secretary, Deborah Grier, can issue subpoenas for those witnesses. In order to have subpoenas issued you must, at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing, supply the names and addresses of the persons to be subpoenaed to the attention of the Executive Secretary.
Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-1046E
February 25, 2008
If you need any additional information, please contact Michael Dupree, the designated trial attorney, or Deborah Grier, the Executive Secretary, at (225) 763-8777 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Henry C. Perret, Jr.