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      RS 33:2564     

  

§2564.  Political activities prohibited

A.  Political activities by and extending to employees of the classified service are hereby prohibited as follows:

(1)  No person shall seek or attempt to use any political endorsement, in connection with any appointment to a position in the classified service.

(2)  No person shall use or promise to use directly or indirectly, any official authority or influence, whether possessed or anticipated, to secure or attempt to secure for any person an appointment or advantage in appointment to a position in the classified service, or an increase in pay or other advantage in employment in any such position, for the purpose of influencing the vote or political action of any person, or for any consideration.

(3)  No employee in the classified service shall, directly or indirectly, pay or promise to pay any assessment, subscription, or contribution for any political organization or purpose, or solicit or take part in soliciting any such assessment, subscription, or contribution.  No person shall solicit any such assessment, subscription or contribution of any employee in the classified service.  The prohibitions of this paragraph (3) shall not be construed as applying to membership dues paid or contributions made to non-political employee organizations, pension funds, civic enterprises, the Louisiana Civil Service League or any similar non-political and non-partisan organization.

(4)  No employee in the classified service shall (a) be a member of any national, state, or local committee of a political party, (b) be an officer or member of a committee of any factional or political club or organization, (c) be a candidate for nomination or election to public office, (d) make any political speech or public political statement in behalf of any candidate seeking to be elected to public office, or (e) take any part in the management or affairs of any political party or in the political campaign of any candidate for public office, except to privately express his opinion and to cast his vote.

(5)  No person elected to public office shall, while serving in the elective office, be appointed to or hold any position in the classified service.

(6)  No appointing authority, or agent or deputy thereof, shall directly or indirectly, demote, suspend, discharge or otherwise discipline or discriminate against any person in the classified service for the purpose of influencing his vote, support, or other political activity in any election or primary election.  No appointing authority, or agent or deputy thereof, shall use his official authority or influence, by threats, promises or other means, directly or indirectly to coerce the political action of any employee in the classified service.

B.  The appointing authority shall discharge from the service any employee whom it deems guilty of violating any one or more of the provisions to this Part.  The board may, upon its own initiative, investigate any officer or employee in the classified service whom it reasonably believes guilty of violating any one or more of the provisions of this Part.  The board shall, within thirty days after receiving the written charges, hold a public hearing and investigation and determine whether such charges are true and correct.  If the board should find upon its investigation of any employee that he has violated any of the foregoing provisions, the board shall order the appointing authority to forthwith discharge the guilty employee from the service and the appointing authority shall forthwith discharge the employee.

C.  Whoever violates this Part shall be subject to the penalties provided in R.S. 33:2567.  In addition any employee in the classified service who is discharged because of violating any of the foregoing provisions shall not again be eligible for employment or public office in the classified service for a period of six years from the time of his discharge.

Acts 1964, No. 282, §1.



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