Ethics Adjudicatory Board

Name Ethics Adjudicatory Board
Contact Person Ms. Emalie A. Boyce - Director, Division of Administrative Law
Mailing Address Post Office Box 44033
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4033
Phone Number 225-342-1613
Fax Number 225-219-9983
Board Email eboyce@adminlaw.state.la.us
Website www.adminlaw.state.la.us
Legal Authority LSA R.S. 42:1141
Year Created 2008
Organizational Placement Division of Administrative Law
Purpose/Function The Ethics Adjudictory Board (EAB) conducts public hearings to receive evidence on facts alleged in formal charges brought by the Louisiana Board of Ethics (BOE) and determines whether any violation of law within the jurisdiction of the Board of Ethics has occurred. The EAB is a decision-making body composed of impartial administrative law judges who are employed by the Division of Administrative Law (DAL), not the BOE. The EAB sits in two panels of three judges each, plus one alternate. As an adjudicatory panel, the EAB does not have meetings in the traditional sense of “board meetings;” it meets as a panel when there are cases brought by the BOE. Dockets for the EAB can be found at the DAL website, www.adminlaw.state.la.us.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 7
Number Currently Serving: 7
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 0
Estimated number in current year: 0
The Entity is:
Active   Inactive   Not fully organized   Disbanded   Never fully organized
Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
Yes   No
Excluding member per diem, salaries, and travel expense reimbursements, does the entity receive or expend funds?
Yes   No
Entity Member Per Diem:
  Amount Authorized: $0      per meeting   per meeting day   per day spent on board business   None

Total entity member per diem:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Salaries:
  Prior year actual: $57,522.00
  Current year budgeted: $55,392.00
Entity Member Travel Expense Reimbursement:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Number and Type of Authorized Employee Positions:
Classified: 0
Unclassified: 0
Part-time: 0
Entity Fiscal Year End:
4/30         7/31         10/31         Other (identify date)
6/30         9/30         12/31         None
Participation in State Employee Benefit Programs:
    Employees:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs

    Members:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs
A state agency provides: (Check all that apply and identify the state agency)
Per Diem Payments          State Agency:
Travel Reimbursements    State Agency: Division of Administrative Law (DAL)
Other (explain)  budgetary and staff support  State Agency: DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (DAL)
Is this entity a budget unit or included within a budget unit of the State of Louisiana as defined by LSA-R.S. 39:2?
   Yes    No
  If yes, identify the budget unit and the budget schedule number below:
  Budget Unit Name:
  Budget Schedule Number:
Notes The Ethics Adjudicatory Board (EAB) is the decision-making body of the Board of Ethics (BOE), placed in the Division of Administrative Law (DAL) by La. R.S. 42:1141. EAB is composed of impartial judges who are classified Attorneys employed by the DAL. It sits in two panels of three judges each, who are selected at random from the pool of DAL judges. As classified state employees, they are members of the state retirement system, and participate in the state group insurance program; contributions for these programs are made by DAL because they are state employees, not because they serve on EAB. EAB judges do not incur any personal reimbursable expenses. EAB does not have meetings in the traditional sense of “board meetings;” it meets as a panel to conduct adjudications when cases are filed by BOE. Note: BOE does meet as a traditional board; information about their meetings can be found at www.ethics.state.la.us. The sections in the “Budgets” tab in this report (“Means of Financing”, “Expenditures”, “Fund Balance”, and “Monthly Per Diem”) are not pertinent to EAB, which does not have its own budget or expenditures; DAL uses funds from its total appropriation to support the functions of EAB and other state agencies. Effective 7/1/2013, DAL started billing its customer agencies according to the Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP). As part of DAL, EAB performs hearings services for BOE and bills it for the hours of judicial and clerical time expended on its cases. Effective July 2014, DAL became an Internal Services Fund, which allows it to carry forward agency overpayments and underpayments, and reconcile the accounts every two years, refunding overpayments, or billing agencies if prior payments were not sufficient to pay for the actual amount of services they consumed.
Not all values in the reports under the “Budgets” tab are correct, due to changes in the fiscal operations of EAB. Contact Lindsey Hunter at 225-342-1800 for more information.



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