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Mar 1, 2013 6:39 PM

Governor Jindal Proposes Eliminating Boards and Commissions

BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a legislative proposal to eliminate numerous state boards and commissions that are inactive, can be absorbed by other existing boards or agencies, or have fulfilled their original mission. The proposed legislation also adds a provision to current law that will automatically sunset any board or commission that fails to report certain required financial information to the Legislative Auditor. The legislation will be authored by Representative Clay Schexnayder and will be part of the Governor's 2013 Legislative Package.

Governor Jindal said, "Eliminating these boards and commissions allows us to streamline services and make government more efficient for taxpayers."

Since 2008, Governor Jindal has worked with the Legislature to eliminate more than 115 state boards and commissions that were never fully formed or no longer serving the purposes for which they were created.

Representative Schexnayder said, "I appreciate the Governor's support on this measure to make government more efficient and accountable and to ensure that boards and commissions are reaching their maximum potential to best serve the citizens of our state."

Proposed boards and commissions for elimination include:

Bio-Fuel Panel
Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive.

Academic Advisory Council
Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive.

Uniform Grading Scale Task Force
Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive.

Postsecondary Education Information Technology Council
Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive and the State Chief Information Officer reported that its functions are unnecessary.

Commission on Addictive Disorders
Reason to Eliminate: The functions of this commission can be integrated into the consolidated Behavioral Health Planning Council as a standing committee specific to addiction issues. This approach is consistent with the integration of block grants for mental health and substance abuse made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Advisory Council on Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants
Reason to Eliminate: This commission's function can be integrated and consolidated into a standing committee of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.

Ambulance Standards Committee
Reason to Eliminate: This commission's functions can be integrated into the daily operations of the Health Standards Unit or Bureau of Emergency Management Services of DHH.

Birth Defects Surveillance System Advisory Board
Reason to Eliminate: This commission's functions can be transferred to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality.

Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Council
Reason to Eliminate: This commission's functions can be integrated into the daily operations of the Bureau of Emergency Management Services of DHH.

Human Services Interagency Council

Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive and its functions are currently executed by officials at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Commission on Men's Health and Wellness
Reason to Eliminate: This commission is inactive.

Council on Obesity Prevention and Management

Reason to Eliminate: This commission is inactive and its membership has disbanded. Additionally, its functions are currently executed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health.

Opioid Treatment Program Needs Assessment Task Force

Reason to Eliminate: This commission is inactive.

Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Council

Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive and its function is already carried out by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

Environmental Education Commission

Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive.

Mullet Task Force

Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive.

Reptile and Amphibian Task Force

Reason to Eliminate: This council is inactive.

Sustainable Local Food Policy Council

Reason to Eliminate: This council has disbanded.

State Buildings and Lands Highest and Best Use Advisory Group

Reason to Eliminate: This group is inactive and its purpose is currently executed by Division of Administration staff.

Funding Review Panel

Reason to Eliminate: This panel is inactive.

Board of Trustees of the Post Employment Benefits Trust Board

Reason to Eliminate: This board is inactive.

Concordia Parish Port Commission

Reason to Eliminate: The Legislative Auditor reports this council was never fully organized and is inactive.

Governor's Advisory Council on Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

Reason to Eliminate: The Legislative Auditor reports this council is inactive and its purpose is served by the Governor's Office of Community Programs.

North Bossier Levee and Drainage District Board of Commissioners

Reason to Eliminate: The Legislative Auditor reports this council was never fully organized.

Vidalia Port Commission

Reason to Eliminate: The Legislative Auditor reports this council was never fully organized and is inactive.

Automatic Sunset Provision

The proposed legislation will also create an automatic sunset provision for boards and commissions that do not report certain financial information to the Legislative Auditor. Under current law, the Legislative Auditor has the authority to audit any board or commission's financials and must maintain a database of those financials; however, there is no statutory consequence for a board or commission's failure to report. This legislation creates greater accountability for boards and commissions by adding a provision to current law that will automatically sunset any board or commission at the end of the fiscal year that failed to report their annual financials, including per diems and travel expenditures.

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