2008-912
Created By: Sylvia Scott on 09/15/2009 at 04:03 PM
Category: Lobbyist Rulings
Caption:
Dismissed Document:

August 26, 2009

Ms. Kira Orange-Jones
1055 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70130

RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2008-912

Dear Ms. Orange-Jones

The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“Board”), after conducting a confidential investigation, finds that you, Kira Orange-Jones, violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act (LSA-R.S. 25:55). The following information obtained by the Board during the course of its investigation suggests the following:

Kira Orange-Jones was a registered Louisiana Legislative Lobbyist for the year of 2008. Ms. Orange-Jones filed her 2008 Lobbyist Expenditure Report, due August 15, 2008, 27 days late.

During 2008, Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act, mandated that expenditure reports be filed on August 15, 2008, disclosing the expenditures made during the period of January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008. Additionally, Section 58D(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act indicates that any person whose registration or report is filed eleven or more days after the day on which it was due shall be assessed, in addition to any late fees, a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars. In this case, Ms. Orange-Jones’s expenditure report due on August 15, 2008 was filed 27 days later than the statutory deadline.

Due to Ms. Orange-Jones’s filing her 2008 Lobbyist Expenditure Report due on August 15, 2008, 27 days late, Ms. Orange-Jones violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. The Board further concluded that, in accordance with Section 58D(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act, Ms. Kira Orange-Jones pay a fine of $300 for this violation, of which the full $300 amount is to be suspended based upon future compliance with the Lobbyist Disclosure Act.

By Order of the Board this 26th day of August 2009.


s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/Scott E. Frazier
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman Scott E. Frazier, Vice-Chairman



s/Dr. Robert P. Bareikis s/Rev. Gail E. Bowman
Dr. Robert P. Bareikis Rev. Gail E. Bowman


s/James G. Boyer s/Gary G. Hymel
James G. Boyer Gary G. Hymel



s/Jean M. Ingrassia s/C. W. Lowrey, M.D.
Jean M. Ingrassia Dr. Cedric W. Lowrey



s/M. Blake Monrose s/Scott D. Schneider
M. Blake Monrose Scott D. Schneider



Absent and did not participate.
David Grove Stafford, Jr.



CONSENT

The undersigned (a) stipulates to the facts found by the Board; (b) waives the procedural requirements contained in Section 1141 of the Code; (c) admits that the conduct as described above, violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act; (d) acknowledges the publication of this letter; and (e) agrees not to seek judicial review of the findings and actions taken in this opinion.

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