Louisiana's ethics board wants to change its enforcement policy - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana's ethics board wants to change its enforcement policy

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Members of the state ethics board are asking lawmakers to revisit the topic of ethics enforcement. Board members spoke Wednesday to the House and Senate committees that oversee ethics laws.

They asked lawmakers to give them the right to appeal interpretations of law that are made by administrative law judges who decide disputed ethics cases. Currently, the ethics board doesn't have the ability to appeal those judges' decisions.

Ethics board members say they should be able to seek guidance from higher courts when they disagree with administrative law judges on how to read the ethics code. Lawmakers said they'd be willing to consider some adjustments to the law.

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