The Houma (La.) Today on getting information to state employees on ethics laws

Oct. 14: The Houma (La.) Today on getting information to state employees on ethics laws

Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant II is doing what he can to make sure all public employees learn what their duties are under the state’s ethics laws.

Morvant and his staff are conducting an hour-long training session Wednesday morning for the parish’s public workers, training that should let the know what they can and cannot, must and must not do, according to the law.

The training is a requirement of public service, although workers can choose to take a class online.

Morvant deserves recognition for seeing a need and trying to provide a service that should work out better for the public officials and for the public they serve. ...

Louisiana has a good and detailed set of laws governing the actions of public officials and protecting the public from those who would hide information of activities from it.

The success or failure of these laws, though, depends in many instances on the public officials’ knowledge of the laws and their compliance with them.

The training, therefore, is an integral part of the process — and one that should work to everyone’s advantage.

Most transgressions are the result of people not knowing the law rather than their ignoring it, Morvant said.

Assuming the best of those public officials, this training session — as well as the training opportunities they have online — gives them the tools they need to comply with the law and better serve their constituencies.

About 300 public employees attended last year’s session, Morvant estimated.

That is a great achievement, particularly when the session can do so much to educate the people who are expected to comply with requirements that might not be common knowledge. ...

Let’s hope everyone covered by the law takes part in the training — something that should help inform them and guide their actions.



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