EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 00-21

EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 00-21

Continuation of Hiring Freeze


WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 5 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, House Bill No. 1 of the 2000 Second Extraordinary Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature, and/or R.S. 42:375, the governor may issue executive orders which prohibit the filling of any new or existing employment vacancies in the executive branch of state government (hereafter "hiring freeze"); and

WHEREAS, to ensure that the state of Louisiana will not suffer a budget deficit due to 2000-2001 appropriations exceeding actual revenues, prudent money management practices dictate that the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana will be served by continuing the hiring freeze throughout the executive branch of state government ordered in Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18, issued on May 4, 2000, during the first quarter of the 2000-2001 fiscal year, to achieve as great a state general fund dollar savings as possible;

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: Unless specifically exempted by Section 2 of this Order, no vacancy in an existing or new position of employment within the executive branch of state government, which existed on or occurred after May 4, 2000, the date of issuance of Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18, shall be filled without the express written approval of the commissioner of administration (hereafter "hiring freeze").

SECTION 2: All budget activities exempt from the hiring freeze ordered in Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18 are exempt from the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 3: Each department, agency, office, board or commission shall file monthly reports with the commissioner of administration on August 10, 2000, September 10, 2000, and October 10, 2000, reflecting projected savings that the department, agency, office, board or commission will generate through the implementation of this Order. Such reports shall reflect a full accounting of personnel changes within the department, agency, office, board or commission for the reporting period covered, including an accounting of employment figures at the beginning and end of the reporting period and the number of vacancies filled and/or not filled during the reporting period, pursuant to the provisions of this Order. The reports shall include a categorized summary of transactions which resulted pursuant to the exemption granted in Section 2 of this Order and/or permitted pursuant to Subsection 4 of this Order.

SECTION 4: The provisions of Section 4 of Executive Order No. MJF 2000-18 are continued in effect.

SECTION 5: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect through September 30, 2000, or 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 30th day of June, 2000.

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

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State