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ANALYSIS <br /> La. R.S. 42:1111(C)(2)(d) prohibits Reparations Board Members from receiving any thing of <br /> economic value for services rendered to any person who has a contractual, business, or financial <br /> relationship with the Reparations Board, or who has substantial economic interests which may be <br /> substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the official duties of the members <br /> of the Reparations Board. Since the client would be seeking financial costs through the submission <br /> of an application to the Reparations Board, any person who submits such an application is <br /> considered a prohibited source of compensation to the members of the Reparations Board.As such, <br /> members of the Reparations Board are prohibited from providing compensated services to any <br /> person who seeks a financial reward from the Reparations Board. <br /> ISSUE No.4-PROHIBITED TRANSACTIONS <br /> As part of your first question, you ask whether the Reparations Board member,who is one of the <br /> three practicing professionals provided in R.S. 46:1806(A)(1)(b)(iii), is eligible to seek <br /> reimbursement from the Reparations Board for the costs of the services. <br /> LAW <br /> La.R.S.42:1113(B):No appointed member of any board or commission,member of his immediate <br /> family, or legal entity in which he has a substantial economic interest shall bid on or enter into or <br /> be in any way interested in any contract, subcontract, or other transaction which is under the <br /> supervision or jurisdiction of the agency of such appointed member. <br /> ANALYSIS <br /> La. R.S. 42:1113(B) provides that no appointed member of the Reparations Board may enter into, <br /> or be in any way interested in,any transaction which is under the supervision or jurisdiction of the <br /> Reparations Board. Since the reimbursement must be approved by the Reparations Board, the <br /> appointed members of the Reparations Board are prohibited by La. R.S. 42:1113(B)from entering <br /> into, or being in any way interested in, any claims for reimbursements made by the Reparations <br /> Board. <br /> ISSUE No.5-PROHIBITED PARTICIPATION <br /> You stated that an emergency award of up to $1,000 can be approved for a victim of crime by a <br /> Reparations Board member from the geographical area subject to final ratification at the next board <br /> meeting.You ask whether a Reparations Board member,in his or her public capacity,may approve <br /> such an emergency award submitted by a victim when the Reparations Board member is providing <br /> or might provide that victim with direct services and then might subsequently bill the Reparations <br /> Board for those direct services. <br /> Page 4 of 7 (BD 2023-427) <br />