On Friday, Lafayette Consolidated Government
City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger sent out a memorandum outlining the new state
ethics laws requirements for local board and commission members. Today is the
last day for any board member to resign before being required to comply with
the new laws. Senate Bill 718, now Act NO. 472, applies to all local
boards and commissions that have “the authority to expend, disburse or invest
ten thousand dollars or more of funds in a fiscal year.” Locally, the Act will
apply to more than 30 committees, including the local Planning and Zoning commission,
the board for the Bayou Vermilion District, the Lafayette Airport Commission
and the Civil Service Board. The new law will require members and their spouses
to file information on their employer, business interests, range of income and
information about potential conflicts of interest. Thus far, LCG has received four resignations from the Emergency Medical Services Board and
are fielding a large number of calls regarding this issue.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.