Legislation is on its way to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk designed to fix a problem involving campaign finance law enforcement.
The Louisiana House and Senate adopted a conference committee report Monday settling differences between the chambers’ versions of House Bill 955.
Problems cropped up in the wake of a 2008 law change pushed by Jindal that created Ethics Adjudicatory Boards that decide cases involving alleged violations of law. The Louisiana Board of Ethics, which also serves as the supervisory committee on campaign finance, was left with the prosecutorial function.
There was a disagreement on lines of authority between the two boards..
The legislation delineates the responsibilities of each group in the enforcement process from the ethics agency’s ability to impose fines when the candidate does not protest and then sets out procedures when there are protests.
The Senate voted 36-0 for the compromise bill and the House adopted it 84-0.