Ethics ruling in Louisiana lets lawmaker seek House job after term limit

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Louisiana’s ethics board has opened the door for lawmakers to immediately take some other Capitol jobs once their terms end.

The Advocate reports the Ethics Board unanimously agreed Friday that Rep. Nancy Landry can run for the House clerk’s job, the chamber’s top administrative position, next year.

Longtime Clerk Alfred “Butch” Speer is retiring when the term ends in January 2020.

Landry, a Lafayette Republican, is term-limited at the same time and sought an ethics opinion on whether laws prohibit her from immediately seeking Speer’s job.

Louisiana’s ethics code bars an agency head or elected official from rendering paid services to their past agency for two years.

Ethics board member Edward Dittmer said Landry fit in a different class because the clerk’s job is elected, not appointed, by House lawmakers.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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