WHEREAS: the federal government selected Louisiana as one of six states to receive a special grant for the development of a model plan to be used as a guide by other states in developing their plans;
WHEREAS: in January of 1993, the Department of Transportation and Development, in cooperation with the Department of Economic Development and many public and private interests throughout the state, began development of its 25-year statewide intermodal transportation plan;
WHEREAS: on March 22, 1996, the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development adopted the Statewide Intermodal Transportation Plan (hereafter "plan") as the official statewide transportation plan for the State of Louisiana; and
WHEREAS: the plan requires a steering committee to oversee its implementation;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Statewide Intermodal Transportation Plan Steering Committee (hereafter "committee") is established within the Department of Transportation and Development.
SECTION 2: The committee shall be composed of seven members who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The membership of the committee shall be composed of the following:
SECTION 3: The secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, or the secretary's designee, shall serve as the chair of the committee.
SECTION 4: The committee shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 5: The duties of the committee shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 6: Other than from their agencies, committee members shall not receive compensation or a per diem, nor shall they be reimbursed for travel expenses for their attendance at meetings.
SECTION 7: Support staff for the committee and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Department of Transportation and Development.
SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the committee in implementing the provisions of this order.
SECTION 9: The provisions of this order are effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, or rescinded by operation of law.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 23rd day of December, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State