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      RS 36:201     




§201.  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; creation; domicile; composition; purposes and functions

A.  The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism is created and shall be a body corporate with the power to sue and be sued.  The department shall be domiciled in Baton Rouge and shall be in the office of lieutenant governor.  The lieutenant governor may also be referred to as the commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

B.  The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, through its offices and officers shall be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing improved opportunities for the enjoyment of cultural and recreational activities by the people of Louisiana and for greater development of their cultural and physical potential.  The department shall be responsible for the development, maintenance, and operation of library, park, recreation, museum, and other cultural facilities; the statewide development and implementation of cultural, recreational, and tourism programs; and planning for the future leisure needs of the people.

C.(1)  The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism shall be composed of the executive office of the secretary, the office of management and finance, the office of the state library, the office of the state museum, the office of state parks, the office of cultural development, the office of tourism, and such other offices as shall be created by law.

(2)  Whenever the secretary determines that the administration of the functions of the department may be more efficiently performed by eliminating, merging, or consolidating existing offices or establishing new offices, he shall present a plan therefor to the legislature for its approval by statute.

Acts 1976, No. 513, §1; Acts 1977, No. 83, §1, eff. June 22, 1977; Acts 1982, No. 329, §1, eff. July 18, 1982; Acts 1983, No. 688, §5; Acts 1986, No. 124, §1, eff. June 26, 1986; Acts 1986, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 13, §1, eff. Dec. 24, 1986; Acts 1986, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 17, §1, eff. Dec. 24, 1986; Acts 1987, No. 736, §1; Acts 1989, No. 687, §2; Acts 1992, No. 655, §2; Acts 2001, No. 9, §4, eff. July 1, 2001; Acts 2012, No. 811, §1, eff. July 1, 2012.

{{NOTE:  SEE ACTS 1987, NO. 736, §3.}}

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