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Ochsner VP asks former top Jindal staffer's lobbying limits

Ochsner VP asks former top Jindal staffer's lobbying limits

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Ochsner Health System has asked Louisiana's ethics board just what a former top state official can and cannot do as its lobbyist.

For two years, Kristy Nichols was commissioner of administration for Gov. Bobby Jindal, overseeing government spending. She left that job Oct. 14 to become Ochsner's vice president of government and corporate affairs.

The system's senior vice president for public affairs, David Gaines, tells The Advocate that he asked a Board of Ethics opinion because he wants to be clear about what's allowable and what isn't.

Generally, state law prohibits former agency heads from helping anyone deal with their former agencies for two years after leaving.

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