WHEREAS: in October of 1910, the Louisiana Supreme Court moved from the Cabildo to join the Orleans Court of Appeal and various state and city offices in the New Orleans Court Building, where it stayed until the 1950's;
WHEREAS: when the Louisiana Supreme Court began to outgrow its present location on Loyola Avenue, the court began studying the feasibility of returning to the New Orleans Court Building (hereafter the "Royal Street Project");
WHEREAS: the Royal Street Project is the proposed future site of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, the Law Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana Judicial Administrator's Office, a satellite office of the Louisiana Attorney General, and a museum or tourist information center;
WHEREAS: more than $7 million has been expended to date on planning, renovations, and construction since the Royal Street Project received its first legislative appropriation in 1981;
WHEREAS: considering the historical significance of the building, the high cost of renovation projects, the project's fast-approaching completion date, and the complications that can normally arise in a project of this size and nature, the interests of the citizens of the State of Louisiana would be best served by the creation of an advisory board, composed of local businessmen and attorneys who have earned the public's confidence as experienced developers, to advise the Louisiana Supreme Court and Division of Administration with regard to all plans and contracts for the project; and
WHEREAS: the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and President of the Louisiana Senate, as representatives of the legislative branch, have indicated their agreement to representatives of the judicial and executive branches, that they find the creation of an advisory board serves the best interests of the citizens of this state, and they approve of the proposed objectives and membership of the advisory board for the Royal Street Project;
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 Royal Street Project Advisory Board (hereafter "advisory board") is created and established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the advisory board shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The advisory board shall consist of at least five members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Governor, four of whom shall be well known and respected within the New Orleans business community for possessing an expertise in historical renovations and/or the development and management of significant building construction projects. The membership of the advisory board shall be composed as follows:
SECTION 4: The chair and vice-chair of the advisory board shall be appointed by the Governor from its membership.
SECTION 5: The advisory board shall meet at the call of the chair.
SECTION 6: Support staff for the advisory board and facilities for their meeting shall be provided by the Division of Administration and/or the Louisiana Supreme Court.
SECTION 7: Advisory board members shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent on the availability of funds, advisory board members who are not employed by the state or an elected official may receive reimbursement for actual travel expenses, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, upon the approval of the commissioner of Administration.
SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the advisory board in implementing the provisions of the Order.
SECTION 9: This Order is effective upon signature of the Governor 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 the State of Louisiana, at the City of Baton Rouge, on this 19th day of August, 1997.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State