Agenda Item
Docket No. 23-175
Waiver request submitted by Amber Michele Dugas, Denham Springs City Council (Pop. 9,286) / Livingston Parish, regarding a $2500 late fee assessed for filing her amended 2020 Tier 2 annual pfd 142 days late; a $100 late fee assessed for filing her 2021 Tier 2 annual pfd 1 days late; and, a $2500 late fee assessed for filing her 2021 Tier 2 candidate pfd 32 days late.
Amber Dugas is requesting an appearance to plead that the assessed fees be waived. During Christmas of 2019, she and her husband were diagnosed with Flu B, which was later diagnosed as COVID-19. They were ill for months and she suffered damage to her short-term memory. Between 5/2003 through 4/2022, she owned and operated as a chef at TOLA Cafe, a full-service restaurant in the Antique District of Denham Springs. Ms. Dugas struggled to comply and adapt to all new regulations for the following 18 months. During that time her only sibling unexpectedly passed away. Due to inflation and COVID-19 regulations, the cafe closed down 4/2022.

Ms. Dugas is asking that her fees be waived, because of her memory loss induced by COVID. It took 2 years for long-term COVID to be recognized. She began to regain her memory and attempted to address her late filings. Her previous past-due fees have been paid in full. Ms. Dugas states that the fees would place a burden upon her and her family.

TYPE OF REPORT: 2020 Tier 2 Annual Report - Amendment, 2021 Tier 2 Annual Report, 2021 Tier 2 Candidate Report
ORIGINAL FILED ON: (2020 - 5/17/2021)

ORIGINAL FILING DATE: (2021 Annual -5/16/2022) (2021 Candidate - 7/27/2022)

DATE NOD RECEIVED: (2020 - 4/15/2022 (Gary Dugas) (2021 annual - 9/2/2022) (2021 candidate - 8/8/2022)
DATE REPORT FILED: (2020 - 9/15/2022) (2021 annual -9/15/2022) (2021 candidate - 9/18/2022)
DAYS LATE FROM NOD: (2020 - 142 days) (2021 annual - 1 days) (2021 candidate -32 days)
ASSESSED LATE FEE: (2020 - $2500) (2021 annual - $100) (2021 candidate -$2500)
PRIOR/OUTSTANDING PFD LATE FEES: Yes, 2018 $2,500 & 2019 $2,500 Both Paid
PRIOR EXPERIENCE: Been filing since 2017
La. R.S. 42:1124.2 requires each person holding a public office who represents a voting district having a population of 5,000 or more persons to file an annual personal financial disclosure statement on or before May 15th of each year during which the person holds office and the year following termination of the holding of such office.

La. R.S. 42:1124.4 provides that upon discovery of the failure to file, failure to timely file, omission of information or inaccurate information, the Board shall notify the filer by sending him a notice of delinquency by certified mail. The notice of delinquency shall inform the person that the financial statement must be filed, or that the information must be disclosed or accurately disclosed, or that a written answer contesting the allegation of such failure, omission, or inaccuracy must be filed no later than seven (7) business days after receipt of the notice of delinquency.

Decline to waive.
Assigned Attorney: Tracy Barker
2023-175 - PFD Waiver