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Friday, 24 August 2012 10:24
Jindal freezes per diem expenditures on Louisiana boards and commissions
 

Jindal-GE-talkToday, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order calling for a freeze on all per diem expenditures of all Boards and Commisions:

EXECUTIVE ORDER ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PER DIEM FREEZE:

WHEREAS,              some boards, commissions, authorities, task forces and committees have been established by law or executive order with the provision for the payment of per diem to the members thereof; and

WHEREAS,              continuing to pay per diem causes a drain on the state general fund; and

WHEREAS,              the termination of per diem expenditures is necessary to decrease the drain on the state general funds; and

WHEREAS,              the purpose of this order is to withhold appropriations and limit expenditures for per diem for members of boards and commissions in the executive branch;

NOW, THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, 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:              That all expenditures for per diem to members of all boards, commissions, authorities, task forces or committees in the executive branch of government which are made by the General Appropriation Act be, and the same are hereby, terminated.

SECTION 2:              The commissioner of administration is hereby empowered to withhold all appropriations for the per diem expenditures subject to this order and is directed to develop procedures to terminate all such payments.

SECTION 3:              The following categories of members of boards, commissions, authorities, task forces and committees are herby exempted from the provisions of this executive order:

1.         Elected members of boards, commissions, authorities, task forces and committees who are authorized by law to receive a per diem.

2.         Members of boards, commissions, authorities, task forces and committees who are statutorily authorized and entitled to the payment of per diem on their own warrant.

3.         The commissioner of administration is hereby authorized to grant such further exemptions as may be necessary due to extreme economic hardships which would otherwise result to a member of a board, commission, authority, task force or committee under Section 1 and 2 of this executive order.

SECTION 4:              This order shall supersede and rescind all prior executive orders not consistent herewith.

SECTION 5:              This order is effective upon signature of the Governor.

(Jindal press release)

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