Councilmember Helena Moreno introduced the legislation in February that was voted on March 29th by the City Council Utility Committee, and approved today, April 7th, by the full Council. Councilmembers J.P. Morrell (At-Large), Joe Giarrusso (District A), and Freddie King (District C), joined as co-sponsors.
What does the ethics law prohibit?
“No Councilmember or candidate seeking the office of Councilmember shall accept or otherwise receive a campaign contribution or any other financial benefit of any value from:
"The Council committee's vote for the ethics ban on campaign contributions is an important step forward for equity and justice in New Orleans. We don't want energy costs, drainage projects, and what we do in this climate crisis to have the undue influence of money from companies regulated or contracted by the City Council. Thanks to our partner organization, the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition (GNOICC), for making this possible. We applaud Councilmember Helena Moreno for introducing this necessary amendment to the Ethics Code, as well as Councilmembers J.P. Morrell, Joe Giarrusso, and Freddie King for co-sponsoring it.”