EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 00-57
EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 00-57
State Rehabilitation Advisory Council
WHEREAS: Executive Order No. MJF 96-43, signed
on September 26, 1996, recreated and re-established the
Governor's Rehabilitation Advisory Council within the
Department of Social Services;
WHEREAS: it is necessary to amend and reenact the
provisions of Executive Order No. MJF 96-43 due to the
enactment of Workforce Investment Act (Public Law 105-
220) which provides for the Rehabilitation Act Amendments
of 1998 and the subsequent 1999 amendments to 29
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 State Rehabilitation Advisory
Council shall be recreated and re-established within the
executive department, Department of Social Services, as the
Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (hereafter "Council").
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the Council
shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: Members of the Council shall be
selected from all areas of the state and shall be
knowledgeable of the vocational rehabilitation services
offered to individuals with disabilities. The majority of the
membership of the Council shall be composed of Louisiana
citizens with disabilities, representing a broad range of
disabilities, and who are not employed by the Louisiana
Rehabilitation Services or any state agency.
SECTION 4: The Council shall consist of thirty-one
(31) members who shall be appointed by, and serve at the
pleasure of, the governor, for a term of up to three (3) years,
SECTION 5: The voting members of the Council
shall select a chair from among its voting membership.
SECTION 6: No member of the Council, other than
the representative of the Client Assistance Program, may
serve more than two consecutive full terms.
SECTION 7: The majority of the voting membership
of the Council shall not be composed of individuals who
receive compensation, either directly or indirectly, for work
they perform on behalf of any vocational rehabilitation
SECTION 8: The Council shall coordinate its
activities with the Office of Disability Affairs, Office of the
Governor. The Council shall follow all rules and regulations
of the state of Louisiana including those concerning
purchasing, procurement, hiring, and ethics.
SECTION 9: Council members 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 with
advance written approval of the Office of the Governor for
actual travel expenses incurred, in accordance with state
guidelines and procedures, and upon approval of the
commissioner of administration.
SECTION 10: The Council shall convene six (6)
meetings a year in such places at it determines to be
necessary to conduct Council business and conduct such
forums or hearings as the Council considers appropriate.
SECTION 11: All departments, commissions, boards,
agencies, and officers or employees of the state, or of any
political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to
cooperate with the Council in implementing the provisions
of this Order.
SECTION 12: Effective Dates. Unless specifically
designated otherwise, upon signature of the governor, the
provisions of this Order shall be applicable to the current
and future Council(s) and, as to the current Council, be
retroactive to noon on August 7, 1998. Any rights accrued to
Council members prior to August 6, 1998, pursuant to the
provisions of Executive Order No. MJF 96-43, shall not be
adversely affected by the retroactive application of this
Order. The provisions of this Order 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 29th day of December, 2000.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State