WHEREAS, such cafeteria plans must meet certain criteria in order for the employees to receive preferential tax treatment from the Internal Revenue Service for funds spent through that plan;
WHEREAS, a properly administered cafeteria plan provides a significant benefit to the state's employees;
WHEREAS, the State Employees Cafeteria Plan (hereafter "Plan") was developed, negotiated, and implemented by the State Employees Group Benefits Board (hereafter "SEGBP Board") subject to approval of the appropriate standing committees of the legislature having jurisdiction over review of agency rules of the State Employees Group Benefits Program (hereafter "SEGBP") as designated by R.S. 49:968(B)(21)(a) or the subcommittee on oversight of such standing committees;
WHEREAS, some state employees have raised a number of concerns regarding the quality of the Plan's products, the premiums of such products, the necessity of the number of products, and the lack of quality control over such products; and
WHEREAS, the interests of the state and its employees can best be served by the creation of a commission composed of members of the legislature, the executive branch, the SEGBP, the SEGBP Board and others to study the issues raised by the state employees members and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve their concerns;
NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., 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 State Employees Cafeteria Plan Study Commission (hereafter "Commission") is created and established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:SECTION 3: The Commission shall submit a comprehensive written report to the governor by December 31, 2000, which addresses the issues set forth in Section 2.
SECTION 4: The Commission shall be composed of nine (9) members who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor. The membership of the Commission shall be selected as follows:SECTION 5: The governor shall select the chair of the Commission. The membership of the Commission shall elect all other officers.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: Support staff for the Commission and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the State Employees Group Benefits Program.
SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until December 31, 2000, or 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 25th day of August, 2000.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State