WHEREAS, as a result of Hurricane Lili, many political subdivisions of the state of Louisiana are performing hurricane related clean-up services through contractors;
WHEREAS, in order to assist these political subdivisions in coping with the emergency created by Hurricane Lili, the State Licensing Board for Contractors has asked the governor to issue an executive order allowing the political subdivisions of the state of Louisiana to contract with unlicensed contractors for hurricane related clean-up services; and
WHEREAS, the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana are served by issuing such an order;
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, in particular, the Louisiana Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:701, et seq., do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Pursuant to R.S. 29:724 and notwithstanding any provision of state law or regulation, for a period of thirty (30) days commencing on Thursday, October 3, 2002, and ending on Friday, November 1, 2002, the political subdivisions of the state of Louisiana may award contracts for Hurricane Lili related clean- up services to contractors without a valid license issued by the State Licensing Board for Contractors and such unlicensed contractors shall be deemed to be a licensed contractor for the limited purpose of performing such contracts.
SECTION 2: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the implementation of the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 3: This Order is effective upon signature and, unless rescinded sooner, shall expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2002.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 11th day of October, 2002.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State