EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 97-33
Drug Testing Task Force
WHEREAS: to curb the use of illegal drugs by public employees, elected officials, beneficiaries of certain public
assistance programs, and persons who receive anything of economic value or any funding from the State of Louisiana
or any entity thereof, the Louisiana Legislature has enacted laws which provide for the creation of drug testing
programs for these persons;
WHEREAS: Act Number 1306 of the 1990 Regular Legislative Session created a drug testing program for public
employees, as set forth in R.S. 49:1015, as amended by Act Number 1194 of the 1997 Regular Legislative Session;
WHEREAS: Act Numbers 1303 and 1459 of the 1997 Regular Legislative Session created additional drug testing
programs which direct:
WHEREAS: it is in the best interest of the citizens of the State of Louisiana that the implementation of these four
drug testing programs be accomplished in a consistent, uniform, and cost effective manner;
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 Drug Testing Task Force (hereafter "task force") is established within the Executive
Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The objectives and duties of the task force shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The task force shall submit a comprehensive written report to the Governor, by November 1, 1997,
which addresses the issues set forth in Section 2.
SECTION 4: The task force shall be composed of at least nine members who shall be appointed and serve at the
pleasure of the Governor and who shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 5: The Governor shall appoint the chair from its membership. All other officers shall be elected by
the task force.
SECTION 6: Support staff for the task force shall be provided by the Division of Administration.
SECTION 7: Task force members shall not receive compensation, a per diem, or travel expenses from the Office
of the Governor or the Division of Administration.
SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or of any political
subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in the implementation of 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modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.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 cause to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of
Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 29th day of August, 1997.
M. J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State