WHEREAS: both the State of Louisiana and the political subdivisions of this state have an affirmative duty not to discriminate against individuals with disabilities;
WHEREAS: the citizens of the State of Louisiana with disabilities and without disabilities need to be educated about the Americans with Disabilities Act;
WHEREAS: the State of Louisiana can best serve the needs of its citizens who have disabilities and the concerns of its other citizens through a centralized and coordinated effort; and
WHEREAS: the Governor's Advisory Council on Disability Affairs was established by Executive Order to coordinate state compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and to advise the Governor on the needs of individuals with disabilities and on other concerns relative to that issue;
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 Governor's Advisory Council on Disability Affairs (hereafter "Advisory Council") is re- established and recreated within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the Advisory Council shall include, but are not limited to, advising the Governor on all issues concerning citizens who have disabilities, providing assistance to the Office of Disability Affairs, coordinating state compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and all other duties and functions requested by the Governor.
SECTION 3: The Governor shall appoint the Chair of the Advisory Council from its membership.
SECTION 4: The members of the Advisory Council shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The membership of the Advisory Council shall consist of the following:
SECTION 5: The Advisory Council shall hold an organizational meeting within 30 days of the effective date of this Order. Thereafter, the Advisory Council shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and, if necessary, at special meetings called by the Chair.
SECTION 6: The members of the Advisory Council shall not receive compensation for their services or a per diem. Actual travel expenses may be reimbursed, contingent on the availability of funds, in accordance with the state guidelines and procedures, upon the approval of the Commissioner of Administration.
SECTION 7: The Advisory Council shall submit a written report to the Governor of their findings annually, on or before January 5th of each year.
SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state or of any political subdivision thereof are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Advisory Council in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 9: The provisions of this Order are effective upon signature and shall remain 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 the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 17th day of October, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State