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Mar 17, 2011 6:46 PM by Press Release

Elected Officials, Candidates to Get Ethics Training

Elected officials whose terms began on or after January 1 of 2010 should consider heading to the La Salle building for the La. Ethics Administration's comprehensive training slated for 9:30 a.m. on Mar. 21 in the La Belle Room. The two hour training will satisfy the mandate for both ethics and campaign finance education for 2011.

Potential candidates for the fall 2011 election may voluntarily attend the Mar. 21 session, which will include an hour of campaign finance training to begin at 10:30 a.m. Interested parties should contact La. Ethics education coordinator Lyndy Donaldson at 225-219-5600 with questions.

As of Jan. 2012, all public servants in La. will be required to receive at least one hour of ethics training per calendar year, hence the administration's increased efforts to inform and train the masses.

"We're gearing up for grand scale training in 2012," said Ethics training and development specialist Brooke Davis. "Our online training is innovative and exciting, and it will be crucial in reaching every public employee next year. But on Mar. 21, we'll be pleased to host a live two hour comprehensive ethics and campaign finance session right here in the Capital City for those elected officials required to receive training now."

In keeping with its mission to achieve Ethics compliance by governmental officials-and in keeping with the times-the administration began offering online ethics training for elected officials in Aug. to provide a greener alternative for conveying vital information while allowing officials to satisfy the mandate for training. Online campaign finance training is scheduled to hit the Web this spring.

Elected officials, civil servants, and members of the general public may visit www.ethics.state.la.us/Training to create a login and complete the online ethics training. A certificate of completion will be available for printing upon conclusion of the online session.

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