Nov 14, 2012 4:44 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE - Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, sent a letter to the Louisiana Board of Ethics today, asking them to give every consideration to Calcasieu Parish public school teachers Angie Bonvillian and Brenda Romero in their request to waive ethics penalties.
Both teachers, who launched campaigns aimed at ousting Kleckley because of his role in passing education reform, are each subject to a $1,000 fine for missing a deadline for a report required 45 days after the recall drive began. Although the recall effort ended without gaining the required number of signatures of voters for a recall election within the six months allowed, the required reports were filed 56 days late, triggering the fines.
Bonvillian and Romero are both asking the Louisiana Board of Ethics to either waive or reduce the penalties, maintaining they were not aware of the reporting requirement. Speaker Kleckley expressed his compassion on behalf of the teachers, saying, "Many times deadlines and other campaign ethics requirements can be unclear to individuals not familiar with the political process. We are fortunate here in America to be able to voice our disagreements, and I strongly believe in protecting those rights. This is an example of our democratic process, and I urge the Ethics board to consider the request of these educators and grant them every possible consideration by honoring the request."