WHEREAS, Act No. 1029 of the 2001 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature requires the governor to create this commission in order to study issues related to the administration, availability, and purchase of certain insurance products through the state uniform payroll system;
WHEREAS, some of these product offerings are IRS Code Section 125 eligible and therefore must meet certain criteria in order for the employees to receive preferential tax treatment from the Internal Revenue Service for funds spent through the Plan;
WHEREAS, a properly administered payroll deduction plan providing high quality insurance-related products at a reasonable rate may provide a significant benefit to the state's employees;
WHEREAS, the interests of the state and its employees would best be served by the creation of a commission composed of members of the legislature, the executive branch, the Office of Group Benefits, and others to study these issues and to recommend appropriate methods to improve the Plan;
NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Uniform Payroll Insurance Commission (hereafter "Commission") is established within the executive department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:SECTION 3: The Commission shall submit a comprehensive written report to the governor by February 1, 2002, which addresses the issues set forth in Section 2.
SECTION 4: The Commission shall be composed of twelve (12) members who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor. The membership of the Commission shall be selected as follows:SECTION 5: The governor's designee shall serve as chair of the Commission. All other officers, if any, shall be elected by the members of the Commission.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: Support staff, facilities, and resources for the meetings of the Commission shall be provided by and/or arranged by the Division of Administration.
SECTION 8:SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 17th day of September, 2001.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State