The written minutes of the Town of Jonesboro’s board of aldermen meetings have not been printed in The Jackson Independent, the town’s official journal, since early July, a review of past issues has revealed.
In the thirteen issues of the paper from 7/5/12 to 9/27/12 show that the only public notices published by the town was the 2012-2013 budget ordinance (#709) in the 7/19/12 issue, and notice of a tax election in the 9/27/12 issue.
At least five meetings of the board of aldermen have been held since the first of July, 2012.
Here’s the law – not that it makes any difference to the district attorney:
LA RS 43:143 – Newspaper selected to be known as official journal; duties
The newspaper selected shall be known as the official journal of the parish, town, city or school board, and it shall publish all minutes, ordinances, resolutions, budgets and other official proceedings of the police jury, town or city councils, or the school board.
LA RS 43:144 – Penalty for failure to have proceedings published
The official of any municipal corporation, police jury, or school board by law responsible for the preparing and recording of the official proceedings who, within twenty days from the date of any meeting at which the official proceedings were had, wilfully neglects or fails to furnish the official journal with a copy of the minutes, ordinances, resolutions, budgets, and proceedings for publication, shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than six months, or both.