Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-808
A Request for an Advisory Opinion, submitted by Patrick Hobbins, regarding whether the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics ("Code") would prohibit Mr. Hobbins from serving on the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission ("CAGWCC") while he is employed by Placid Refining Company.
Mr. Hobbins is employed by Placid Refining Company, as a chemical engineer. Earlier in 2020, he was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve on the CAGWCC as a representative for the West Baton Rouge Parish Council. He is concerned about whether the Code would prohibit his service on the CAGWCC. Placid does not have a groundwater well and is not regulated by the CAGWCC.
La. R.S. 42:1111(C)(2)(d) provides that no public servant and no legal entity in which the public servant exercises control or owns an interest in excess of twenty-five percent, shall receive any thing of economic value for or in consideration of services rendered, or to be rendered, to or for any person during his public service unless such services are: (d) Neither performed for nor compensated by any person or from any officer, director, agent, or employee of such person, if such public servant knows or reasonably should know that such person has or is seeking to obtain contractual or other business or financial relationships with the public servant's agency; conducts operations or activities which are regulated by the public employee's agency; or has substantial economic interests which may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the public employee's official duty.
Adopt the proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: LaToya Jordan
2020-12-16 Advisory Opinion.v1.draft (Docket No. 2020-808)
2020-808 - Advisory Opinion Request Patrick Hobbins