EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 00-40

EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 00-40

Governor's Military Advisory Board


WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana has a vital interest in the installations and/or units of the armed forces of the United States located within the state, in the Louisiana Military Department, and in the concerns of the active, reserve, and/or retired military personnel, and their families, who reside in Louisiana (hereafter "military");

WHEREAS, the Governor's Military Advisory Commission, recreated by Executive Order No. MJF 96-12, issued on May 22, 1996, (hereafter "commission") was designed to serve as a coordinating body and a forum for the military regarding state government related issues and to act as a liaison between the military and civilians regarding local government, private business, and civilian concerns; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the citizens of the state of Louisiana to abolish the commission by rescinding Executive Order No. MJF 96-12, and replace it with a board assigned expanded duties and objectives;

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 Governor's Military Advisory Board (hereafter "Board") is established within the executive department, Office of the Governor.

SECTION 2: The duties and objectives of the Board include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

1. Providing a public forum for issues concerning the installations and/or units of the armed forces of the United States located within the state, the Louisiana Military Department, and/or the active, reserve, and/or retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana (hereafter "the military");

2. Formulating goals and objectives to enhance cooperation, coordination, communication, and understanding between the military, the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, the communities in the state interfacing with the military, and/or state and local government agencies;

3. Strengthening and/or increasing the state of Louisiana's role in securing defense related business contracts for Louisiana businesses and/or selling Louisiana products to the installations and/or units of the armed forces of the United States located in the state;

4. Studying and determining the means to increase and/or strengthen the presence of the armed forces of the United States located within the state;

5. Reviewing and/or disseminating information about proposed legislation related to and/or directly impacting on the military and/or military communities within the state;

6. Proposing and/or sponsoring activities, legislation, initiatives, programs, and/or projects which increase, support, and/or enhance the military's presence in the state and/or which enhance and/or improve the quality of life for the active, reserve, and/or retired military personnel and their families who reside in the state;

7. Sponsoring Louisiana Department of Military and/or United States Department of Defense initiatives which are mutually beneficial to state and federal interests; and

8. Coordinating the prevention of base realignments and/or closures in the state.

SECTION 3: The Board shall submit semi-annual reports to the governor, on January 1st and July 1st, regarding the status of and/or progress achieved on the issues addressed in Section 2 of this Order.

SECTION 4:

A. The Board shall be composed of a maximum of 21 members.

B. The Board shall be composed of the following ex- officio voting members:

1 The adjutant general of Louisiana, or the adjutant general's designee;

2. The president of the Louisiana Senate, or the president's designee;

3. The speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, or the speaker's designee;

4. The executive director of the Office of Community Programs, Office of the Governor, or the executive director's designee;

5. The executive director of the Office of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Governor, or the executive director's designee; and

6. The secretary of the Department of Economic Development, or the secretary's designee.

C. The Board shall also be composed of the following voting members, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the governor, selected as follows:

1. One representative each from the Greater New Orleans, Ft. Polk-Central Louisiana, and the Barksdale/Bossier/Shreveport areas;

2. One representative each for Louisiana businesses, farmers, and industries; and

3. Two representatives of local governments.

D. The Board shall also be composed of the following ex-officio non-voting members:

1. The commander, Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Ft. Polk, or the commander's designee;

2. The commander, Eighth Air Force, or the commander's designee;

3. The commander, Naval Reserve Force, or the commander's designee;

4. The commander, Marine Forces Reserve, or the commander's designee;

5. The commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, or the commander's designee;

6. The commander, 377th Theater Army Area Command, or the commander's designee; and

7. The chair of the Louisiana Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, or the chair's designee.

E. The Board may create subcommittees composed of Board members, non-Board members, and/or both Board members and non-Board members, which meet in accordance with the open meetings law, R.S. 42:4.1-13.

SECTION 5: The governor shall appoint the chair and vice-chair of the Board from its membership. All other officers, if any, shall be elected by the membership of the Board.

SECTION 6: The Board shall meet at regularly scheduled quarterly meetings, and at the call of the chair.

SECTION 7: Support staff for the Board and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Louisiana Department of the Military.

SECTION 8: Board members shall not receive additional compensation, a per diem, or travel expenses from the Office of the Governor for their service on the Board.

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 Board in implementing the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 10: Executive Order Nos. MJF 96-12, signed on May 22, 1996, and MJF 2000-30, signed on September 1, 2000, are 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 25th day of October, 2000.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State