WHEREAS, Executive Order No. MJF 96-77 (hereafter "MJF 96-77"), issued on December 23, 1996, established the Statewide Intermodal Transportation Steering Committee (hereafter "Steering Committee") to provide guidance support, and executive leadership for the implementation of the Transportation Plan;
WHEREAS, in 1998, Congress enacted the Transportation Equity Act for the Twenty-First Century, Pub. L. No. 105-178 (hereafter "TEA-21"), which finds that "it is in the national interest to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight and foster economic growth and development within and through urbanized areas, . . .", 23 U.S.C.A. §135(a)(1), and directs each state to include within the scope of its intermodal transportation planning process "consideration of projects and strategies that will support the economic vitality of the United States, the States, and metropolitan areas, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency," 23 U.S.C.A. §135(c)(1)(A);
WHEREAS, in 1999, Louisiana: Vision 2020, which contains the state of Louisiana's goals and objectives for the improvement and sustenance of the infrastructure of the state of Louisiana's highways, waterways, ports, and railways, was adopted as the state of Louisiana's Master Plan for Economic Development; and
WHEREAS, as the state of Louisiana will begin revising the Transportation Plan during Fiscal Year 2000- 2001 in accordance with the requirements of TEA-21, the interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana will be best served by replacing the Steering Committee with a commission charged with the duty of assisting the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development in identifying and ranking the state of Louisiana's priority transportation-related economic development projects and/or services in order to achieve the state of Louisiana's goals and objectives for economic development set forth in Louisiana: Vision 2020;
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 Statewide Intermodal Transportation and Economic Development Policy Commission (hereafter "Commission") is established within the executive branch, Department of Transportation and Development.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:SECTION 3: The Commission shall submit to the governor and secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development comprehensive periodic reports which address the issues set forth in Section 2 of this Order.
SECTION 4: The Commission shall be composed of the following thirteen (13) members who, unless specified, shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor:SECTION 5: The secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development shall serve as the chair of the Commission. All other officers, if any, shall be elected from the membership of the Commission.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: Commission members shall not receive additional compensation or a per diem from the Office of the Governor and/or the Department of Transportation and Development for serving on the Commission. State officers and/or employees may seek reimbursement of travel expenses, in accordance with PPM 49, from their employing and/or elected department, agency, and/or office.
SECTION 8: Support staff for the Commission and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Department of Transportation and Development.
SECTION 9: 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: Executive Order No. MJF 96-77, signed on December 23, 1996, is hereby terminated and rescinded.
SECTION 11: 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 2nd day of October, 2000.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State