Created By: Sylvia Scott on 11/12/2009 at 10:44 AM
Category: Lobbyist Charges
November 10, 2009
Mr. Mark Smith
18512 Bear Creek Terrace
Leesburg, VA 20176
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2008-1071
Dear Mr. Smith:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its August 25, 2009 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 August 25, 2009 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Mark Smith, a registered Legislative Lobbyist for the year 2008, violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:55] by virtue of the filing of his 2008 Lobbyist Expenditure Report, due August 15, 2008, 12 days late.
The hearing will be held at a time and place that will be set by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board. You will be contacted by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board in order to confect a Pre-hearing Scheduling Order.
The 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 Ethics Adjudicatory Board shall determine whether a violation has occurred and, if so, shall determine what the civil sanctions, contained in Part III, Subpart C of the Code, shall be imposed.
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 Ethics Adjudicatory Board can issue subpoenas for those witnesses.
If you need any additional information, please contact Michael Dupree, the designated trial attorney, or Deborah Grier, the Executive Secretary, at (225) 219-5600 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
For the Board
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED