JACKSON, MS (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann are among about 1,000 public officials who missed a May 1 deadline to file 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: "We are aware of it now and we are working on it."
Under Mississippi law, public officials are 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 will notify by mail officials who do not file. Then the public official will have 15 days to file a report. After 15 days, the public official who does not file will be assessed a fine of $10 a day. If the report is not filed within a year, the public official will be charged with a misdemeanor. The notification letters will go out next week.
Also not filing were 10 legislators: Sens. Johnnie Walls, D-Greenville, and Debbie Dawkins, D-Pass Christian; and Reps. Donnie Bell, D-Fulton; Bryant Clark, D-Pickens; Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson; Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville; Jack Gadd, D-Hickory Flat; Esther Harrison, D-Columbus; Jeff Smith, D-Columbus; and Steve Holland, D-Plantersville. Tom Hood, executive director of the Ethics Commission, said work is being done to set up a system to allow public officials to file online.