Board of Professional Geoscientists

Name Board of Professional Geoscientists
Contact Person Madhurendu B. Kumar, Ph.D. - Chairman
Mailing Address 5802 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone Number 225-769-2765
Fax Number --
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: 8
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 0
Estimated number in current year: 20
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: 0
Part-time: 1
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. The application forms and related rules are currently being placed on a website.

The nine-member board currently has eight members; the appointment of the ninth member by the Governor is expected soon.
The board is in the initial phase of operation, following the last amendment bill passed that allowed the board to set licensure fees.

Efforts are underway to provide an office space and an executive secretary to handle the day-to-day activities of the board.
Until a CPA is hired, no reimbursements are to be made.
The board is in the process of establishing rules and regulations; they will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
No citations have been issued yet.
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