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Jan 24, 2013 7:43 AM by AP

Home rule charter violators targeted

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish Council has voted to add a fine of $500 or 30 days in jail for anyone who knowingly violates the home rule charter.

The new law approved Wednesday would penalize any employee or public official who refuses to perform a duty the charter requires, intentionally performs a duty that violates the charter, or allows an employee to intentionally refuse to perform a duty or perform a duty that violates the charter.

Parish Council President Roger Duncan says there were no specific violations the council had in mind for the new law.

Parish council legal adviser Dean Wattigny said that the law is not retroactive and will only apply to any future violations.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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