Agenda Item
Docket No. 17-136
Request to waive the $1,500, $1,500, $1,450 and $50 late fees assessed against Beldin Batiste for the late filing of the July, August, September and November 2016 Lobbying Expenditure Reports.
Mr. Batiste is requesting a waiver of fees for the months of July, August, September and November 2016. He states that he was not informed of having to file an expenditure report, nor did he receive a letter of notification until October 2016. He also states that he did not consider that himself to be a lobbyist because he never received his badge as he was informed that would be mailed to him. Mr. Batiste states not one session has taken place or called since he has signed up.

When Mr. Batiste registered, he was sent an email acknowledging his registration, advising of the filing requirements and providing a copy of the rules. Also, each month, Mr. Batiste was sent an email reminding him of the due date for his expenditure report and another email the day after the due date letting him know the report was not filed. Mr. Batiste was also sent certified letters that the reports were not filed and late fees were accruing.

REPORT: July, Aug, Sept, Nov 2016 Lobbying Expenditure Report

REPORT DUE: Aug 25, Sept 26, Oct 25, Dec 28 2016

REPORT FILED: Nov 23, Nov 23, Nov 23, Dec 29 2016

DAYS LATE: 90, 58, 29, 1 DAY

FEE ASSESSED: $1,500, $1,500, $1,450, $50



REGISTERED BRANCH: Legislative (2016)

La R.S. 24:55 provides that registered lobbyist shall file a monthly expenditure report by the 25th day of the subsequent month.

Waive the $1,500 late fee for the July expenditure report. Decline to waive the late fees for the August, September and November expenditure reports ($1,500, $1,450 and $50).

Assigned Attorney: Kathleen Allen
2017-136 Waiver Request
2017-136 Legislative Reg Form attachment to email sent to Batiste on 07 06 2016
2017-136 Notice of Delinquency and signed green cards for July Aug Sept Nov