House won't re-nominate Simoneaux for Ethics Board
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge attorney Frank Simoneaux, chairman of the Louisiana Board of Ethics over a tumultuous four-year transition, will not be returning to the board.
A House committee declined to approve his re-nomination Thursday.
Simoneaux joined after 10 of the board's 11-members resigned in 2008.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers had taken away the board's power to judge cases it investigated, and given that power to a group of administrative law judges.
The House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday advanced four names to the House to fill two ethics board posts.
Current member Blake Monrose of Lafayette was re-nominated along with possible new members James McCalmont of Alexandria, Liddell Smith of Shreveport and Vanessa LaFleur of Baton Rouge.
Jindal and the Senate also are to make two appointments.