EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 98-48
EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 98-48
Formosan Termite Task Force
WHEREAS, Formosan termites, tenacious insects with a "swarm" season that are eating and tunneling through
buildings, live trees, agricultural crops, electronic and communication cables, creosote treated wood, wooden bridges,
railroad ties, pilings, foam and fiberglass insulation, brick, mortar, caulk, plastic and many other materials, have
reportedly inflicted severe damage in twenty-five (25) parishes in the state of Louisiana1;
WHEREAS, in the city of New Orleans alone, Formosan termites have caused an estimated two billion dollars in
property damage over the past decade2, jeopardizing many of the city's nationally acclaimed historic buildings because
repairs and/or historic restorations have become too costly;
WHEREAS, since all of Louisiana's parishes are at risk of being infested with Formosan termites, it is imperative
that this state make an immediate and concerted effort to contain Formosan termites and to eradicate them from
infested areas; and
WHEREAS, the interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana would best be served by the creation of a task force
designed to analyze the extent of Louisiana's infestation of Formosan termites and to recommend solutions for the
containment of Formosan termites to areas already infested and the eradication of Formosan termites from those areas;
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 Formosan Termite Task Force (hereafter "Task Force") is hereby 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 submit a comprehensive written report to the governor and the commissioner
of the Department Agriculture and Forestry on its research, analyses, and recommendations by April 1, 1999.
SECTION 4: The Task Force shall consist of twenty (20) members who, unless otherwise specified, shall be
appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor.
SECTION 5: The governor and the commissioner of the Department Agriculture and Forestry, or their designees,
shall serve as co-chairs of the Task Force. All other officers shall be elected by the membership of the Task Force.
SECTION 6: The Task Force shall meet monthly and at the call of the co-chairs.
SECTION 7: Support staff for the Task Force and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Department
of Agriculture and Forestry.
SECTION 8: The members of the Task Force shall not receive additional compensation or a per diem from the
Office of the Governor for services on the Task Force.
SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political
subdivisions thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Task Force in implementing the provisions of
SECTION 10: This Order is effective upon signature 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 Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 8th day of October, 1998.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State