EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 96-60
Multiple-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Task Force
WHEREAS: tuberculosis is a contagious disease which poses a serious health threat in both civilian and penal
WHEREAS: the treatment of tuberculosis is complicated and lengthy, and patients require constant monitoring;
WHEREAS: inadequate treatment by physicians, noncompliance with prescribed treatment by patients, and
inappropriate management of tuberculosis leads to drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, which spread through the
air to noninfected citizens;
WHEREAS: it is essential that steps be taken to protect the public by containing the spread of tuberculosis and
preventing the development of drug-resistant tuberculosis; and
WHEREAS: the Governor's Task Force on Multiple-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, created by Executive Order
Number EWE 92-64, made significant advances toward the control of tuberculosis in this state, nonetheless, more
advancements must still me made;
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 Governor's Task Force on Tuberculosis (hereafter "Task Force") shall be created within the
Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the Task Force shall include, but are not limited to, continuing the
efforts of the former Task Force on Multiple-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis; identifying and examining all issues
necessary to combat the disease of tuberculosis in Louisiana; recommending viable solutions to the problems raised
by those issues; evaluating existing measures and proposed measures which are designed to combat all forms of
tuberculosis in Louisiana; and any other duties and functions designated by the Governor.
SECTION 3: The Task Force shall consist of 30 members who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure
of the Governor. Membership of the Task Force shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 3: the State Health Officer shall serve as the Chair of the Task Force. The Governor shall appoint two
Vice-Chairs for the Task Force from its membership.
SECTION 4: The Task Force shall report its findings and recommendations annually, by January 5 of each year,
to the Governor through the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals.
SECTION 5: The members of the Task Force shall not receive compensation for their services or a per diem.
However, the actual travel expenses of Task Force members may be reimbursed, contingent upon the availability of
funds, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, upon the approval of the Commissioner of
SECTION 6: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political
subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Task Force in implementing the provisions of
SECTION 7: This Order is effective upon signature and 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 17th day of October, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster
Secretary of State