WHEREAS, the final report for secure's two year study project, completed in April 1995, recommended bold and practical strategies to reduce the cost of government, improve government services, and devise a plan to carry the state of Louisiana into the twenty-first century; and
WHEREAS, the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana would be served by the creation of a commission charged with reviewing, evaluating, and updating the recommendations set forth in secure's final report, and researching and recommending the most effective manner to continue the implementation of the recommendations made by secure;
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 "secure" Review Commission (hereafter "Commission") is established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following: reviewing secure's recommendations pertaining to government expenditures and organization; analyzing secure's recommended strategies to reduce the cost of government; reviewing secure's recommendations to improve government services; where appropriate, updating secure's recommendations; researching and evaluating the most efficient means to continue to implement secure's recommendations and to implement the Commission's updated recommendations; and evaluating the progress the state has made in implementing secure's recommendations.
SECTION 3: The Commission shall prepare a comprehensive written report which addresses the issues set forth in Section 2 and submit it to the governor, the speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and the president of the Louisiana Senate by January 1, 1999.
SECTION 4: The Commission shall be composed of 18 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the governor. Commission members shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 5: The governor shall select the chair of the Commission from its membership. The membership of the Commission shall elect all other officers.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: Support staff for the Commission and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Division of Administration.
SECTION 8: The members of the Commission shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent upon the availability of funds, members who are not an employee of the state of Louisiana or one of its political subdivisions, or an elected official, may receive reimbursement from the Office of the Governor for actual travel expenses incurred in accordance with state guidelines and procedures with the prior approval of the commissioner of administration.
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: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain 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 the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 23rd day of March, 1998.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State