WHEREAS: the work of these departments is correlative and comprehensive, and necessitates the utilization of numerous permits, licenses, and applications; and
WHEREAS: a need exists for the coordination and effective use of permits, licenses and applications between the departments; and
WHEREAS: this need has been addressed in the past by the Office of Permits within the executive department, Office of the Governor; and
WHEREAS: the re-creation of the Office of Permits as the Office of Business Advocacy within the executive department, Office of the Governor, will facilitate service to the people of Louisiana;
NOW THEREFORE I, M. J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby create and establish an Office of Business Advocacy within the executive department, Office of the Governor, and do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Office of Business Advocacy is hereby created and established within the executive department, Office of the Governor. It is the successor of the Office of Permits.
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the Office of Business Advocacy include, but are not limited to, assisting with the creation and implementation of incentives for economic development; tracking and coordinating various existing permits, licenses and applications utilized or processed by the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Health and Hospitals, and the Department of Economic Development; and assisting with the processing of new permits through the various departments.
SECTION 3: The Office of Business Advocacy may employ three officers, namely executive assistant, administrative assistant, and deputy liaison officer. These officers shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor, who shall also determine their salaries.
SECTION 4: The Office of Business Advocacy shall be located in and operate from a state-owned facility.
SECTION 5: The Office of Business Advocacy shall have the necessary staff and resources to fulfill the duties and responsibilities specified in this order.
SECTION 6: All departments, commission, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Office of Business Advocacy in implementing the provisions of this order.
SECTION 7: This executive order shall be effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, or rescinded by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 1st day of July, 1996.
M. J. "Mike" Foster Jr.
Secretary of State