WHEREAS: the maritime industry is a major contributor to the State of Louisiana's present economic well-being and to its future economic outlook as 95,000 jobs are directly or indirectly dependent on the industry;
WHEREAS: Forty-four of the 64 parishes in the State of Louisiana border on navigable waterways;
WHEREAS: the State of Louisiana intends to increase its competitiveness in global markets through the ever evolving maritime industry;
WHEREAS: the best interests of the citizens of the State of Louisiana can be served by an advisory task force, composed of maritime industry representatives, that is created to recommend methods of promoting and protecting Louisiana's maritime industry and increasing the state's competitiveness in global maritime markets;
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 Maritime Advisory Task Force (hereafter "task force") is established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the task force shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The task force shall be composed of 15 members appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of, the Governor. The membership of the task force shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 4: The Governor shall select the chair of the task force from its membership. The membership of the task force shall elect all other officers.
SECTION 5: The task force shall meet biannually and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 6: Support staff for the task force and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Department of Economic Development.
SECTION 7: The task force shall submit its initial report to the Governor that addresses the issues described in Section 2, no later than October 31, 1998. The task force shall update the report annually.
SECTION 8: Task Force members shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent upon the availability of funds, a member who is not an employee of the State of Louisiana or one of its political subdivisions, or a state-wide elected official, may receive reimbursement from the Office of the Governor for actual travel expenses incurred, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, and upon the approval of the commissioner of administration.
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 task force in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: This Order is 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 6th day of October, 1997.
M. J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State