WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the LSED (hereafter "the board") is required by Act No. 541 of 1976 to serve in an advisory capacity to the governor, to assist the governor in all matters incidental to the performance of any property management contract or agreement, and to perform such other functions, powers, or duties as the governor requires or delegates to the board or as prescribed or required by bond resolution;
WHEREAS, from 1976 through 1993, the LSED's amount of significant property was limited to the Louisiana Superdome; however, since 1993, the quantity of significant properties in the LSED has dramatically increased due to a recent upsurge in construction projects, including the New Orleans Saints practice facility in the parish of Jefferson, the John Alario, Sr. Recreation Center in the parish of Jefferson, and the multi-sports arena in the parish of Orleans;
WHEREAS, although the management of the Louisiana Superdome has been performed by a professional management organization since 1977, and the management of the multi-sports arena in the parish of Orleans will soon be delegated to a professional management organization, neither the board nor the LSED has employees or staff to assist it in fulfilling its obligations and duties; and
WHEREAS, the ability of the board to continue to properly fulfill its duties which are incidental to the performance of LSED contracts and agreements, and to perform all the duties, obligations, and responsibilities which are required of it by law, the governor, and bond resolutions, is severely impeded by its lack of administrative officers;
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 offices of administrative assistant and deputy administrative assistant to the Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District are hereby created.
SECTION 2: The Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District shall submit to the governor for approval and appointment the names of the persons it recommends to fill the offices of administrative assistant and deputy administrative assistant. The appointees shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.
SECTION 3: The duties and salaries of the administrative assistant and deputy administrative assistant shall be determined by the Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District.
SECTION 4: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and offices of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 5: 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 30th day of March, 1998.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State