BJ 09-14

Louisiana Complete Count Committee

WHEREAS, the 2010 decennial census, to be conducted in April 2010, will be the official count of Louisiana’s population and will be used for purposes such as determining the number of United States Representatives Louisiana will be apportioned for the next ten years and for redistricting Louisiana ’ s state and local legislative bodies as well as other public entities;

WHEREAS, more importantly, Louisiana’s population count will be the deciding factor in the amount of federal funding that will be allocated to the state over the next decade. There will be over $300 billion in federal funding distributed among the states in 2010, which will be used to pay for services such as transportation, health care, education and public safety;

WHEREAS, the significant need for an accurate census count in 2010 is compounded by the historical fact that Louisiana has had one of the lowest response rates to the census questionnaire, as well as the dislocation of Louisianans due to past hurricanes and the varying growth rates among the municipalities in the state;

WHEREAS, based on the United States Census Bureau’s recommendation and the above information, it is therefore crucial that Louisiana implement a Complete Count Committee and utilize all possible opportunities to maximize the correct count of its population so that the state may have the highest possible number of United States Representatives as well as the largest share of federal funding it can receive in the future; and

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Complete Count Committee will accomplish this by increasing awareness of the importance of and impact that the 2010 Census will have on Louisiana, and by informing Louisianans of the necessity of responding to the census questionnaire. The Committee will lead the way in promoting the census and getting individuals, communities, businesses and local governmental entities involved in making sure that Louisiana maximizes its population count;

NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The Louisiana Complete Count Committee shall be formed by the Secretary of State, consistent with the recommendations issued by the United States Census Bureau, and shall be housed within his offices. The Secretary of State shall have the power to appoint members to the Committee and to form subcommittees to efficiently and effectively carry out the functions of the Committee.

SECTION 2: Since the count of Louisiana’s population will impact the state’s legislative representation and share of federal dollars, the Committee will plan and implement outreach efforts to publicize the importance and effect the 2010 Census will have on Louisiana.

SECTION 3: The Committee shall develop an action plan to raise the public’s awareness of the census and the necessity of responding to the questionnaire. The Committee shall identify ways to reach out to local communities, create partnerships with local and state political subdivisions and private entities, and create a campaign to educate Louisianans on the 2010 Census.

SECTION 4: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the State of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to assist and cooperate with the Committee in implementing the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 5: 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 Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 3rd day of September, 2009.

Bobby Jindal

Jay Dardenne
Secretary of State