WHEREAS: the Federal Highway Administration (hereafter "FHA") administers the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and Scenic By-Way Program Grant Funds;
WHEREAS: the FHA requires states participating in the Scenic By-Way Program (hereafter "Program") to designate an agency to be responsible for the administration of the state's Program;
WHEREAS: pursuant to Article VII, 27(A) of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, all monies received from the FHA shall, upon receipt, be deposited in the Transportation Trust Fund; and
WHEREAS: the Louisiana Tourism Development Commission (hereafter "Commission") has successfully worked with the Departments of Transportation and Development and of Tourism to administer the state's Program;
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 Commission is designated as the agency within the State of Louisiana to work with the Departments of Tourism and of Transportation and Development, to administer and coordinate the state's Program.
SECTION 2: Pursuant to Article VII, 27(A) of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, the Department of Transportation and Development shall receive, deposit in the Transportation Trust Fund, and administer, all grant funds obtained from the FHA for the administration of the state's Program.
SECTION 3: Pursuant to its designation in Section 1, the duties and functions of the commission include, but are not limited to, working with the Departments of Tourism and of Transportation and Development to submit a grant application on behalf of the state for participation in the Program; to assure that any and all grant monies received for the Program are disbursed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant and/or the FHA; and fulfilling all other duties and functions designated by the governor.
SECTION 4: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission, and the Departments of Tourism and of Transportation and Development, in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 5: Upon signature of the governor, the provisions of this Order shall be made retroactive to August 11, 1996, and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.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 22nd day of January, 1997.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State