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February, 2008

PAR Wraps Up the Special Session on Ethics

The special legislative session that adjourned on Tuesday yielded an impressive set of reforms to the state’s ethics, campaign finance and other laws. Several long-resisted changes were enacted to disclose public officials’ personal financial dealings, forbid state officials from personally profiting through state contracts, eliminate many of the freebies officials have traditionally enjoyed, require more […]

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PAR Releases 2008 Guide to the Legislature

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) has just released its Guide to the 2008 Louisiana Legislature. The updated Guide is a useful, pocket-sized booklet filled with key information about Louisiana’s legislators, state elected officials and agencies. “With all the new faces in the Legislature, this year’s Guide is particularly useful for gaining an understanding of who’s who around […]

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PAR Says Postpone Ethics Board Reorganization

The administration proposal to insert administrative law judges (ALJs) into the process of ruling on ethics violations would dilute the existing power of the Board of Ethics. While most of the ethics reform package is in line with previous PAR recommendations, this one raises some troubling questions that require additional research. There should be no […]

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