Executive Branch--Ethical Standards
Supercedes Executive Order No. BJ 08-01
WHEREAS, Article I, Section I, of the Louisiana Constitution provides that “All government, of right, originates with the people, is founded on their will alone, and is instituted to protect the rights of the individual and for the good of the whole. ”;
WHEREAS, Immediately following my inauguration in January, 2008, I issued a call for an extraordinary legislative session in response to citizens of this state demanding comprehensive ethics reform;
WHEREAS, the Legislature in the 1st Extraordinary Session and the Regular Session of 2008 responded to the call and took massive steps toward ethics reform by imposing higher ethical standards for elected and appointed officials and other public servants;
WHEREAS, the Legislature enacted provisions that created and raised standards for financial disclosures for the first time in Louisiana ’s history, prohibited certain contracts between state government and legislators and executive branch leaders, enhanced transparency in lobbyists activities, and required annual ethics training for all those governed by the ethics code; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana is now a leader among states in setting the highest ethical standards for public servants.
NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Executive Order No. BJ 2008-01 is superceded by the comprehensive ethics reform legislation enacted this year, including but not limited to the financial disclosure requirements of R.S. 42:1124, et seq., and the annual training and education provisions of R.S. 42:1170, et seq.
SECTION 2: The requirement of Executive Order No. BJ 2008-01 mandating the resignation of any executive appointee indicted while in office remains effective.
SECTION 3 : This Order is effective January 1, 2009 and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 24th day of December, 2008.
Secretary of State