Board of Professional Geoscientists

Name Board of Professional Geoscientists
Contact Person Georgeann McNicholas - Executive Secretary
Mailing Address 9643 Brookline Ave.
Ste. 101
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone Number 225-505-3766
Fax Number 225-448-2964
Board Email
Legal Authority Act 974, 2010 Regular Session(R.S. 37:711 et seq.)
Year Created 2011
Organizational Placement Governor's Office
Purpose/Function To contribute in the protection of the health, safety, and general welfare of all those persons engaged in the practice of geoscience, and the affording of such persons of an effective and practical protection against the incompetent, inexperienced, unlawful, and fraudulent acts of geoscientists with whom they contract.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 9
Number Currently Serving: 9
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 0
Estimated number in current year: 18
The Entity is:
Active   Inactive   Not fully organized   Disbanded   Never fully organized
Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
Yes   No
Excluding member per diem, salaries, and travel expense reimbursements, does the entity receive or expend funds?
Yes   No
Entity Member Per Diem:
  Amount Authorized: $100      per meeting   per meeting day   per day spent on board business   None

Total entity member per diem:
  Prior year actual: $0
  Current year budgeted: $16000
Entity Member Salaries:
  Prior year actual: $0
  Current year budgeted: $0
Entity Member Travel Expense Reimbursement:
  Prior year actual: $0
  Current year budgeted: $14000
Number and Type of Authorized Employee Positions:
Classified: 0
Unclassified: 1
Part-time: 0
Entity Fiscal Year End:
4/30         7/31         10/31         Other (identify date)
6/30         9/30         12/31         None
Participation in State Employee Benefit Programs:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs

       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs
A state agency provides: (Check all that apply and identify the state agency)
Per Diem Payments          State Agency: Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
Travel Reimbursements    State Agency: Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
Other (explain)    State Agency:
Is this entity a budget unit or included within a budget unit of the State of Louisiana as defined by LSA-R.S. 39:2?
   Yes    No
  If yes, identify the budget unit and the budget schedule number below:
  Budget Unit Name:
  Budget Schedule Number:
Notes The current deadline for grandfather provision was January 1, 2014. HB 167 extending the grandfather provision to January 1, 2015 has been approved by the House and the Senate and is before the Governor for signature. The website application is currently being tested and we anticipate launching the website application in the second quarter of 2014.

The nine-member board currently has nine members. Licensure fees have been set.

An Executive Secretary was hired on March 25, 2014. Office space was secured and operational on May 1, 2014. A Certified Public Accountant has been contracted and provides oversight of all expenditures and accounting requirements.

The board is in the process of establishing rules and regulations which will be posted as soon as they are finalized. Seven applications for licenses have been approved.
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