EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 02-10

EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 02-10

Office of Louisiana Quarter Launch Planning


WHEREAS, on May 30, 2002, the state of Louisiana will celebrate the historic minting and release into circulation of the Louisiana quarter;

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that the state of Louisiana, through the Office of the Governor, will receive monies conditionally donated for the purpose of paying the expenses associated with the Louisiana Quarter Launch celebration and its related events;

WHEREAS, the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana will be served by creating an Office of Louisiana Quarter Launch Planning within the Office of the Governor to plan and administer the Louisiana Quarter Launch celebration and to accept and disperse monies conditionally donated to the state of Louisiana for the purpose of paying the expenses associated with the celebration;

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 Office of the Louisiana Quarter Launch Planning is established within the executive department, Office of the Governor (hereafter "Office").

SECTION 2:

A. The Office shall plan, administer, coordinate and/or direct all aspects of the Louisiana Quarter Launch celebration and its related events (hereafter "Celebration") as the director of the Office deems necessary and proper for the efficient and expedient administration of the Celebration.

B. 1. The Office shall be empowered to receive and expend public monies, particularly monies conditionally donated to the state of Louisiana, through the Office of the Governor, Office of Louisiana Quarter Launch Planning, for paying the expenses of the Celebration (hereafter "donated funds").

2. The Office shall not deposit conditionally donated funds and/or monies in the State Treasury, see La. Const. Art. VII, 9(A)(1), but shall deposit such funds and/or monies in an escrow account of the Louisiana Department of Treasury for the use of the Office for any and/or all expenses of the Celebration and/or pursuant to the terms and conditions of the acts of donation.

C. The Office shall constitute a "similar agency" within the meaning of R.S. 39:1554(C); accordingly, the Office shall be exempted from making procurements in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 39:1551, et seq., when compliance is not practicable.

SECTION 3:

A. The Division of Administration shall perform the bookkeeping and/or accounting services of the Office.

B. In conjunction with the Division of Administration, the Louisiana Department of the Treasury shall create an escrow account within the Department of the Treasury for the deposit and segregation of donated funds for the use of the Office for any and/or all expenses of the Celebration.

SECTION 4: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Office in implementing the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 5: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until September 1, 2002. 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 8th day of May, 2002.

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

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State