WHEREAS, to ensure that the state of Louisiana will not suffer a budget deficit due to 2000-2001 appropriations exceeding actual revenues, prudent money management practices dictate that the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana will be served by continuing until December 1, 2000, throughout the executive branch of state government, the hiring freeze which was ordered through June 30, 2000, by Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18, issued May 4, 2000; continued until September 30, 2000, by Executive Order No. MJF 2000-21, issued June 30, 2000; and continued until November 1, 2000, by Executive Order No. MJF 2000-35, issued October 5, 2000;
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: Unless specifically exempted by Section 2 of this Order, no vacancy in an existing or new position of employment within the executive branch of state government in a budget unit and/or activity funded by Act No. 2 of the 2000 Second Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature (hereafter "Act No. 2") and/or Act No. 11 of the 2000 Second Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature (hereafter "Act No. 11"), which existed on or occurred after May 4, 2000, the date of issuance of Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18, shall be filled without the express written approval of the commissioner of administration (hereafter "hiring freeze").
SECTION 2: All budget activities funded by Act No. 11 which were exempt from the hiring freeze ordered in Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18 continue to be exempt from the provisions of this Order. None of the budget activities funded by Act No. 2 are exempt from the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 3: Each department, agency, office, board, and/or commission shall file with the commissioner of administration, on the tenth day of each month, a monthly report reflecting projected savings that the department, agency, office, board or commission will generate through the implementation of this Order. Such reports shall reflect a full accounting of personnel changes within the department, agency, office, board or commission for the reporting period covered, including an accounting of employment figures at the beginning and end of the reporting period and the number of vacancies filled and/or not filled during the reporting period, pursuant to the provisions of this Order. The reports shall include a categorized summary of transactions which resulted pursuant to the exemption granted in Section 2 of this Order and/or permitted pursuant to Section 4 of this Order.
SECTION 4: The provisions of Section 4 of Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18 are continued in effect.
SECTION 5: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect through December 1, 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 the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 31st day of October, 2000.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State