Created By: Kathrin Y Nielson on 07/17/2003 at 09:58 AM
June 12, 2003
222 St. Louis St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2003-454
Lobbyist Registration No. 1016
Dear Mr. Ruth:
The Board of Ethics, at its June 12, 2003, meeting considered a staff report regarding your failure to file the lobbying expenditure report due by February 18, 2003.
The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at its June 12, 2003, meeting ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Sherman Ruth, a registered lobbyist in 2003, 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 February 18, 2003, and covering the reporting period of January 1, 2002 through December 31, 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. September 11, 2003 at the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency Building, 2415 Quail Drive, First Floor, 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, the designated trial attorney at (225) 763-8777 or toll free at (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS