The commission is a permanent body, consisting of
legislators, state executive department officials, and local
government officials, that serves as an advisory agency to
the legislature and conducts studies and issues reports on
the relationship between and among local governments and the
state; the allocation of state and local fiscal resources;
local governmental structure, powers and functions; the role
of the state as the creator of local governmental systems,
and the special problems facing general local governments,
interstate regional units, and areawide bodies in interstate
Statutory Provisions - R.S.
CHAPTER 15. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL
§801. Findings; purpose
The legislature finds and declares that there is a need
for a permanent intergovernmental advisory body to study and
(1) The current pattern of local governmental structure
and its viability.
(2) The powers and functions of local governments,
including their fiscal powers.
(3) The existing, necessary, and desirable relationship
between and among local governments and the state.
(4) The existing, necessary, and desirable allocation of
state and local fiscal resources.
(5) The existing, necessary, and desirable role of the
state as the creator of the local governmental systems.
(6) The special problems facing general local
governments, interstate regional units, and areawide bodies
in interstate areas, such studies where possible to be
conducted in conjunction with those of pertinent sister
(7) Any constitutional amendments and statutory
enactments required to implement appropriate commission
§802. Creation; composition
A. There is hereby created a Louisiana Advisory
Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
B. The commission shall be composed of nineteen members
(1) Three elected municipal officials appointed by the
executive board of the Louisiana Municipal Association or
(2) Three elected parish government officials appointed
by the executive board of the Louisiana Police Jury
Association or their designees.
(3) Three elected school board officials appointed by the
Louisiana School Board Association or their designees.
(4) The superintendent of education or his designee.
(5) The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic
Development or his designee.
(6) The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue
or his designee.
(7) The secretary of the Louisiana Department of
Transportation and Development or his designee.
(8) Three state representatives appointed by the speaker
of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
(9) Three state senators appointed by the president of
the Louisiana Senate.
C. The chairman and vice chairman of the commission shall
be elected by the members of the commission and shall serve
for a term of one year.
D. Ten members of the commission shall constitute a
§803. Functions and duties
The commission shall have the following functions and
(1) To serve as an advisory agency of the legislature and
be responsible solely to the legislature in every aspect of
its functions, duties, and operations.
(2) To serve as a forum for the discussion and resolution
of intergovernmental problems.
(3) To engage in such activities and conduct such studies
as are necessary or desirable in the accomplishment of the
purposes set forth in R.S. 24:801.
(4) To consider, on its own initiative, ways and means of
fostering better relations among local governments and
between local governments and the state government.
(5) To draft and disseminate model local ordinances
necessary to implement recommendations of the commission.
(6) To encourage, and, where appropriate, coordinate
studies relating to intergovernmental relations conducted by
universities, state, local, and federal agencies, and
research and consulting organizations.
(7) To review the recommendations of national commissions
studying federal, state, and local government relationships
and problems and assess their possible application to
(8) To analyze the structure, functions, revenue
requirements, and fiscal policies of Louisiana and its
political subdivisions; conduct studies of economic,
administrative tax, and revenue matters for all levels of
state government; and make recommendations for improvement.
(9) To examine proposed and existing federal and state
programs, assess their impact upon Louisiana and its
political subdivisions, and provide such assessment and
recommendations, when appropriate, to the legislature.
(10) To issue annual reports of its findings and
recommendations to be transmitted to the presiding officer
of each house of the legislature not less than thirty days
prior to the convening of each regular session of the
legislature. Such reports shall set forth the reasons and
supporting data for each recommendation and shall include
draft legislation to implement such recommendations.
Recommendations regarding economic and taxation issues shall
be accompanied by supporting analyses of economic data. The
commission may issue special or interim reports on specific
subjects as it may deem appropriate.
§804. Meetings; hearings; committees
A. The commission shall hold meetings quarterly and at
such times as it deems necessary. The commission may hold
hearings from time to time on matters within its purview.
B. To the extent permitted by and in accordance with R.S.
44:1 et seq., each officer, board, commission, council,
department, or agency of state government, and each
political subdivision of the state shall make available all
facts, records, information, and data requested by the
commission and in all ways cooperate with the commission in
carrying out the functions and duties imposed by this
C. The commission may establish committees as it deems
advisable and feasible, whose membership shall include at
least one member of the commission, but only the commission
itself may take official action.
D. The commission may adopt rules of procedure for its
The commission shall use existing staff of the
legislature, including but not limited to personnel of the
legislative fiscal office.
A.(1) No member of the commission shall receive any
salary for duties performed as a member of the commission.
(2) Legislator members of the commission shall receive
per diem and be reimbursed for expenses as provided by law
and the rules of the Senate or House of Representatives.
B. The commission is authorized to apply for, contract
for, receive, and expend for its purposes any appropriation
or grant from the state, its political subdivisions, the
federal government, or any other public or private source.
C. To assist financially with the exercise of the
functions and duties provided in R.S. 24:803, state
appropriations are hereby authorized in such amounts as may
D. The funds for the operations of the commission, over
and above such funds as are now or may hereafter be made
available by law or otherwise may be appropriated by the
legislature from the state general fund from year to year,
may be included in and constitute a separate item in the act
appropriating funds for the expenses of the legislature and
its committees. In addition, the presiding officers of each
house of the legislature shall have authority to expend, or
to pay over to the commission for expenditure, out of any
funds available to either or both of them such amounts as
are necessary to provide supplementary funds for the purpose
of fully carrying out any one or more of the functions of
the commission for the benefit of the legislature, its
members, and committees.