Barbour, Hosemann yet to file ethics reports

Gov. Haley Barbour and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, along with more than 1,000 public officials from throughout the state, will be notified next week that they missed the May 1 deadline to file their ethics reports.

According to records at the Mississippi Ethics Commission, Barbour and Hosemann are the only two of the eight statewide elected officials to miss the deadline.

“We are aware and we are working on it,” said Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Barbour.

Pamela Weaver, a Hosemann spokeswoman, said in a separate interview, “We are aware of it now and we are working on it.”

Under Mississippi’s ethics laws, which were strengthened in 2008, public officials are supposed to file all sources of income of more than $2,500, all stock holdings of more than $5,000 and all official positions in businesses.

Those rules apply for adults living full-time in the household of the public official.

The Ethics Commission is supposed to notify via letter the public officials who do not file. Then the public official will have 15 days to file a report.

Daily Journal
7/3/9