Created By: Kathrin Y Nielson on 07/17/2003 at 09:55 AM
Category: Lobbyist Charges, Miscellaneous
March 26, 2003
401 Edwards, #826
Shreveport, LA 71101
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2002-582
Lobbyist Registration No. 996
Dear Mr. Lester:
The Board of Ethics, at its October 10, 2002 meeting, considered a staff report regarding your failure to file the lobbying expenditure report due by August 15, 2002.
The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at its October 10, 2002 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Calvin Lester, a registered lobbyist in 2002, may have violated Section 55B(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:55B(2)] by failing to file the Lobbying Expenditure Report due by August 15, 2002 and covering the reporting period of January 1, 2002 through June 30, 2002 and is therefore subject to civil penalties of $50 per day until the report is filed.
The hearing will be held at 9 o’clock a.m. June 12, 2003 in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in Section 58 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:58], Sections 1141E and 1143 of the Code of Governmental Ethics [LSA-R.S. 42:1141E and 1143], 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, we will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents we may introduce into evidence and the names and addresses of all witnesses we intend to call. If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Board 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.
If you need any additional information, please contact Kathrin Yates Nielson, the designated trial attorney at (225) 922-1400 or toll free at (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Robert L. Roland