The Bureau of Governmental Research,
a New Orleans-based nonprofit research group, won first place in two of three categories, and honorable mention in the third, at the annual Governmental Research Association awards ceremony in Atlanta. The national organization cited BGR for Outstanding Policy Achievement and Most Distinguished Research, and as a runner-up in the category of Most Effective Education.
U.S. Rep. David Vitter,
who has proposed tougher penalties for those who break campaign-finance disclosure laws, found himself explaining last week why his own records lacked required information. Vitter's campaign finance reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission failed to identify many contributors&185; occupations, and misidentified others. The Metairie Republican pledged to fill in the blanks.
Tenet HealthSystem Inc. and St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis
were each fined $2,500 by the state Board of Ethics, which said that Davis allowed Tenet to pay his $1,600 hotel bill during a 2001 trip to California. Davis also inaccurately listed a reimbursement to Tenet as a charitable contribution, the board said. The violation came when Tenet was trying to take over Slidell Memorial Hospital, and Davis was a nonvoting member of the hospital board. Davis called the violation an oversight.