Agenda Item
Docket No. 23-669
Advisory Opinion request from Ben Vliet regarding prohibited transactions and post-employment issues.
St. Tammany Parish Recreation District 10 (the "District") is a recreation district that was created by St. Tammany Parish (the "Parish"). Mr. Vliet has been appointed to serve as a District board member, though he has not yet accepted such appointment.
He is also the owner of Evergreen Tractor and Equipment, Incorporated ("Evergreen"), which supplies equipment to the State of Louisiana, the Parish, and other recreation districts within the Parish.
La. R.S. 42:1113B prohibits an appointed member of any board or commission, member of his immediate family, or a legal entity in which he has a substantial economic interest, from bidding on or entering into or being in any way interested in any contract, subcontract, or other transaction which is under the supervision or jurisdiction of the agency of such appointed member.
La. R.S. 42:1121A(2) provides that no former member of a board or commission shall, for a period of two years following the termination of his public service on such board or commission, contract with, be employed in any capacity by, or be appointed to any position by that board or commission
La. R.S. 42:1102(2)(a)(i) defines "agency" to mean a department, office, division, agency, commission, board, committee, or other organizational unit of a governmental entity.
La. R.S. 42:1102(21) defines "substantial economic interest" as an economic interest which is of greater benefit to the public servant or other person than to a general class or group of persons, except: (a) the interest that the public servant has in his position, office, rank, salary, per diem, or other matter arising solely from his public employment or office; (b) the that an elected official who is elected to a house, body, or authority has in a position or office of such house, body, or authority which is required to be filled by a member of such house, body, or authority by law, legislative rule, or home rule charter, (c) the interest that a person has as a member of the general public.
Adopt proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Charles Reeves
2023-669 - AO
2023-669 - Advisory Opinion Draft - Vliet