The Evolution of Lousiana’s Ethics Code


Gray Sexton is my guest on the Saturday, June 18, edition of Where the Alligators Roam.

Mr. Sexton was the first attorney hired by the Board of Ethics when it opened shop in 1967 in the administration of Governor John McKeithen. Louisiana had the first conflict of interest law in the country and that law became and remains the model for this type of law in the country.

Over the years, exceptions have been carved into the law undermining its credibility, but the original remains a classic.

Mr. Sexton worked for the Ethics Administration for 40 years, rising to Chief of Staff. For a brief time after his retirement in 2007, he worked as an advisor to the Ethics Board. For the past nine years, he’s frequently represented people who have faced claims brought against them to the Ethics Board and the administrative law judges that were added to the process in the 2008 reforms pushed by then-governor Bobby Jindal.

We discuss the evolution of ethics law and enforcement in Louisiana in our interview. We also discuss whether Louisiana’s campaign finance laws and the reporting requirements contained in them place a heavier burden on grassroots campaigns than better funded ones.

Listen in on Saturday afternoon at 5 CDST on KROF AM. There’s a live stream that accompanies the broadcast, and Town Square Media has a mobile app for Android and iOS called “radioPup” that allows you to listen to the stream on your device of choice.

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