Ethics postpones Citizens decision

State Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish will have to wait another month to find out if he’d run into ethics problems if he becomes executive director of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s board.

The Louisiana Board of Ethics decided Friday it needed more information before it replied to Morrish’s request for an advisory opinion.

Morrish, R-Jennings, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance and a member of the Citizens board.

In his request letter, Morrish said the executive director is hired by the commissioner of insurance and not appointed to or employed by the board.

The Ethics Board deferred action until it could get a copy of the employment contract that exists between the commissioner and the current executive director.

Citizens executive director Richard Robertson submitted his resignation effective June 1. Robertson’s salary is $240,000.

Morrish told ethics officials he was considering applying for the job “understanding if successful” he would have to resign his Senate seat as well as from Citizens’ board.

State law bans a former member of a board for a period of two years from contracting with, being employed in any capacity by or being appointed to any position by the former board.

Another provision of law bans a former agency head, for a period of two years following the termination of his public service or as an elected public official serving in such agency, from assisting another person, for compensation, in a transaction, involving his former agency or rendering any service on a contractual basis to or for such agency.