Mr. Steven Christopher Stewart
P.O. Box 4351
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2009-255
Dear Mr. Stewart:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“Board”), after conducting a confidential investigation, finds that you, Steven Stewart, violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act (LSA-R.S. 24:55). The following information obtained by the Board during the course of its investigation suggests the following:
Steven Stewart was a registered Louisiana Lobbyist for the year of 2008. Mr. Stewart filed his 2008 Lobbyist Expenditure Report, due February 17, 2009, 20 days late.
During 2008, Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act, mandated that expenditure reports be filed on February 15, 2008, disclosing the expenditures made during the year of 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, Mr. Stewart’s expenditure report due on February 17, 2009 was filed 20 days later than the statutory deadline.
Due to Mr. Stewart filing his 2008 Lobbyist Expenditure Report due on February 17, 2009, 20 days late, Mr. Stewart violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. The Board further concluded that, in accordance with Section 58D(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act, Mr. Stewart be fined $300, of which the entire amount is to be suspended based upon Mr. Stewart’s future compliance with the Lobbyist Disclosure Act.
By Order of the Board this 21st day of May 2009.
s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/James G. Boyer
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman James G. Boyer, Vice-Chairman