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BATON ROUGE - The state's going to dip into the pockets of politicians who get fined by the ethics commission but don't pay-up.

"Clearly, our enforcement mechanism is lacking," Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said.

According to the Dept. of Treasury, politicians owe more than $1.8 million, PACS owe $70,000 and lobbyist owe $18,000.

"It doesn't belong to the ethics commission or the general fund. This belongs to taxpayers," Kennedy said.

At the beginning of 2014, the hammer is coming down on those delinquent to the state.

If a politicians owes money and it's not in the appeals process, the state can take it.

"If it's one of the bank accounts registered or one that we have a contract with and there is money in it, than we can grab it," Assistant Attorney General Rick McGimsey said.

The newly created Office of Debt Recover is working with banks to seize money from delinquent politicians.

But that's not the only way the office plans to get its money.

"They've got the authority to seize your tax refund, take your driver's license, take your hunting license They've got plenty of enforcement authority," Kennedy said.

 

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