EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. MJF 98-33
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. MJF 98-33
Justice System Funding Commission
WHEREAS, the funding of state offices and entities within
the justice system of the state of Louisiana, set forth in Article V
of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, (hereafter
"justice system") comes from a combination of sources
including state appropriations, local government funding,
federal grants, and self-generated funds;
WHEREAS, components of Louisiana's justice system
may not be receiving adequate funding to perform the functions
and provide the services which the public might consider
WHEREAS, local governments have voiced concern over
the rising costs of funding the justice system's offices and the
fiscal burden that such funding places on local governments;
WHEREAS, the best interests of the citizens of Louisiana
would be served by the creation of a commission that is charged
with the duty of evaluating the adequacy of the funding of
Louisiana's justice system and determining whether certain
components of that system may require supplemental financial
assistance from other sources in order to provide the services
considered necessary by Louisiana citizens;
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 Justice System Funding Commission
(hereafter "Commission") is established within the executive
department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Commission shall include,
but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The Commission shall submit a
comprehensive written report to the governor, the speaker of
the Louisiana House of Representatives, and the president of the
Louisiana Senate by January 1, 2000.
SECTION 5: The governor shall select the chair of the
Commission from its membership. The membership of the
Commission shall elect all other officers.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at regularly
scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair. A majority of
the voting members shall constitute a quorum.
SECTION 7: Facilities for the meetings of the Commission
shall be provided by the Office of the Governor.
SECTION 8: The members of the Commission shall not
receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent
upon the availability of funds, members who are not an
employee of the state of Louisiana or one of its political
subdivisions, or an elected official, may receive reimbursement
from the Office of the Governor for actual travel expenses
incurred in accordance with state guidelines and procedures,
with the prior 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
Commission in the implementation of the provisions of this
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 14th day of
M.J. "Mike"Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State