Program Authorization: R.S. 30:2011
The mission of the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Program is to promote regulatory and statutory adequacy and compliance through the development, enforcement and prosecution of Louisiana's environmental laws and regulations and through the issuance of legally sound permit and enforcement actions, which will serve the department, the regulated community, and the public. It is the goal of this program to ensure the effectiveness of Louisiana's environmental laws and regulations. There are three activities in this program: Legal Services, Investigations, and Regulations Development.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Legal and Regulatory Compliance Program will assure the consistency and legal sufficiency of permit and enforcement actions by providing legal review of all documents issued by the Department of Environmental Quality, and by providing quality legal advice and representation for the department during FY 1998-99.
2. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Planning and Budget do not agree upon a mutually acceptable objective for this performance information. (Criminal investigation and referral)
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues and Statutory Dedications. The Fees and Self-Generated Revenues are derived from the sale of the Environmental Regulatory Code, photocopies, etc. Statutory Dedications are from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF). (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The ETF consists of all fees assessed pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2014, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of the law authorizing the department to assess a fee. Such fees are used only for the purposes for which they are assessed.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
New/Expanded funding provided for four (4) paralegal assistants to assist the fourteen attorneys in the Legal Division. These individuals are needed for case management for high profile cases, maintain databases, legal opinion, etc.
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 110.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 100.7% of the total request ($3,595,254) for this program. The increase is primarily due to replacement equipment, providing funding for automatic upgrades, incumbent adjustments and reallocations, and funding provided for 4 paralegal assistants to assist the fourteen attorneys in the Legal Division. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.
Evidence gathering and preservation for the sole source of contracts for excavation, detection, removal, and storage of hazardous waste and substances to be used as evidence in potential criminal investigations
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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