2018 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 27 - Louisiana Gaming Control
RS 27:96 - Contracts prohibited; gaming operator; public officials; penalties
PART XI. PROHIBITED ACTS AND GAMING OFFENSES
§96. Contracts prohibited; gaming operator; public officials; penalties
A.(1) No elected public official as defined in R.S. 42:1 shall engage in any business activity with a licensee except as a patron, or as a performing professional musician.
(2)(a)(i) An elected public official as defined in R.S. 42:1 who is a member of a governing authority of a parish who was elected to his initial term in 2004, may engage in any business activity with any licensee if he is a non-key gaming employee as defined by R.S. 27:3, and his employment with a licensee commenced at least four years prior to holding elective public office.
(ii) If the employment of an elected public official to whom the provisions of Item (i) of this Subparagraph are applicable is terminated, nothing in this Subsection shall prohibit the elected public official from being subsequently employed by a licensee as a non-key gaming employee as defined in R.S. 27:3 or as an employee whose duties do not involve access to a designated gaming area of the licensee.
(b) An elected public official as defined in R.S. 42:1 who is a member of a school board who took his oath of office for his initial term in 2004, may engage in any business activity with a licensee if he is a non-key gaming employee as defined by R.S. 27:3, if such employment commenced at least two years prior to August 1, 2004.
(3) If the official is a performing professional musician, the official shall give notice to the Board of Ethics and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board not later than five days prior to any performance. If the official is also subject to the Judicial Canons of Ethics, then he must also provide such notice to the judicial administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Such notice shall include but not be limited to the following information: the date, time and location of the performance; the amount of compensation the official has contracted to receive for the performance; and the identity of the person or entity providing compensation to the official. A copy of the contract shall also be attached to such notice. Cash compensation to the official for the performance is prohibited by this Section. The Board of Ethics may promulgate rules to provide for additional information to be included in such notice.
(4)(a) If the person has been a non-key gaming employee of a licensee for a period of four years or more prior to holding such public office, the person shall give notice to the Board of Ethics, the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Division, and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board not later than five days after qualifying for elective public office. Such notice shall include but not be limited to the following information: the nature, duration, and compensation for said employment; the identity of the licensee for whom the person is employed; a copy of the employment contract if the employment is subject to a written contract, and if not written, a description of the terms of employment between the licensee and the employee. The public official has a duty to supplement responses upon any changes in the information contained in the original notice within thirty days of said change. The Board of Ethics may promulgate rules to provide for additional information to be included in such notice.
(b) In the event a non-key employee who is also an elected official becomes a key employee, as defined by R.S. 27:3, such employee shall resign such elective office within thirty days of becoming a key employee. Provided however, no person who lobbies for a licensee can run for elective public office.
B. As used in this Section, business activity shall specifically include but is not limited to contracts:
(1) For the sale or purchase of goods, merchandise, and services.
(2) To provide or receive legal services, advertising, public relations, or any other business or personal service.
(3) For the listing, purchase or sale of immovable property or options or real rights relating thereto.
(4) Modifying ownership or possessory interests in stocks, bonds, securities, or any financial instruments.
C. The Board of Ethics shall administer and enforce the provisions of this Section. The procedures and penalties provided for in the Code of Governmental Ethics shall apply to the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this Section.
Acts 1991, No. 753, §1, eff. July 18, 1991. Redesignated from R.S. 4:555 by Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 7, §3, eff. May 1, 1996. Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 64, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, No. 1220, §1; Acts 2004, No. 725, §1, eff. August 1, 2004; Acts 2015, No. 258, §1, eff. June 29, 2015.
NOTE: Sec. 2 of No. 258 of the 2015 R.S. provides for prospective and retroactive application of the Act.