2018 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 24 - Legislature and Laws
RS 24:58 - Enforcement
A. The board shall be responsible for the enforcement of provisions of this Part. The provisions of Part III of Chapter 15 of Title 42 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 shall be applicable to enforcement of this Part.
B. No action to enforce any provision of this Part shall be commenced after expiration of two years after the occurrence of the alleged violation.
C. The board shall have the authority to impose and collect penalties in accordance with the provisions of Part III of Chapter 15 of Title 42 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 for a violation of this Part. In addition, for violations of this Part, the board may recommend to the legislature that the legislature censure any person found guilty of such violation by the board and prohibit such person from lobbying for not less than thirty days and not more than one year.
D. In addition to any other applicable penalties:
(1)(a) Any person required to register and who fails to timely register and any person who fails to timely file any report required by this Part shall be assessed, pursuant to R.S. 42:1157, a late fee of fifty dollars per day.
(b) However, any person who fails to timely file a lobbyist expenditure report filed pursuant to R.S. 24:55(G) or R.S. 49:76(G) which contains all of the information required by this Part and Part IV of Chapter 1 of Title 49 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 shall be assessed, pursuant to R.S. 42:1157, a late fee of fifty dollars per day.
(2) Any person whose registration or report is filed eleven or more days after the day on which it was due may be assessed, in addition to any late fees pursuant to this Section, after a hearing by the board, a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars.
(3) If the board determines that a person has filed a registration or report required by this Part that is inaccurate or incomplete, the board shall mail by certified mail a notice of delinquency informing the person that the inaccuracy must be corrected or the missing information must be provided no later than fourteen business days after receipt of the notice of delinquency. The notice of delinquency shall include the deadline for correcting the inaccuracy or providing the missing information. If the person corrects the inaccuracy or provides the missing information prior to the deadline contained in the notice of delinquency, no penalties shall be assessed against the person.
(4) Whoever fails to correct the inaccuracy or provide the missing information by the deadline included in the notice of delinquency shall be subject to penalties as provided by law.
(5)(a) Any person who with knowledge of its falsity files a registration or report as required in this Part that contains a false statement or false representation of a material fact shall be subject to the assessment of the civil penalties provided in Part III of Chapter 15 of Title 42 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, and the findings of the board relative to such filing shall be referred by the board to the appropriate district attorney for prosecution pursuant to R.S. 14:133.
(b) The board shall notify the chief clerical officer of each house of the legislature of any violation of Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph, including the name of any person determined to be in violation.
Acts 1993, No. 965, §1, eff. Aug. 15, 1993; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 64, §3, eff. July 1, 1996; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 66, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; Acts 2008, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 13, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2010, No. 857, §1.