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      RS 37:683     

  

§683.  Board; appointments; terms

A.(1)  The Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board is hereby created, whose duty it shall be to administer the provisions of this Chapter.  The board shall consist of eleven members, nine of whom shall be licensed professional engineers, and two of whom shall be licensed professional land surveyors.

(2)  At least two members of the board shall be licensed professional engineers who are active in the private practice of engineering.  For the purposes of this Section, an engineer engaged in private practice is a person legally qualified in the profession of engineering who practices engineering as a principal business and who provides analytical, creative design, and design implementation capabilities devoid of judgment-biasing commercial or product affiliations to clients on a fee basis.  At least two of the members of the board shall be licensed professional engineers in government employment, at least two of the members of the board shall be licensed professional engineers employed in the field of industry, at least two of the members shall be licensed professional engineers employed in the field of education, and one member shall be a licensed professional engineer employed in the field of construction.  Two members of the board shall be licensed professional land surveyors who are actively engaged in the field of surveying.

B.(1)  The governor shall appoint members to the board from among licensed professional engineering nominees recommended by the Louisiana Engineering Society or its duly recognized successor, and from licensed professional land surveyor nominees recommended by the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors or its duly recognized successor.  All such nominees shall have the qualifications required by R.S. 37:684.

(2)  At least five nominations shall be made for each appointment required, which appointment shall be made by the governor in the same manner as the predecessor appointees were selected.

(3)(a)  All appointments to the board shall be for terms of not less than five nor more than six years. All appointments shall be for such periods of time as to ensure that the terms of not more than two board members end per year, and shall expire on March thirty-first of the expiration year, regardless of the date on which the successor was appointed and qualified.  Notwithstanding any provision of this Paragraph to the contrary, the terms of any board members appointed before March 31, 2006, shall expire on March thirty-first of the calendar year following their original expiration year.

(b)  Notwithstanding any provision of this Paragraph to the contrary, the term of the licensed professional land surveyor scheduled to expire on March 31, 2010, shall be extended to March 31, 2012.  The term scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012, of the licensed professional engineer in government employment shall be extended to March 31, 2015. The provisions of this Subparagraph shall expire on April 1, 2015.

(4)  In the event of the death or resignation of any member of the board, the appointment by the governor of his successor shall be only for the remainder of the unexpired term.  No member who has served a full term shall be eligible for reappointment.  Each appointment by the governor shall be submitted to the Senate for confirmation.

C.  Each member of the board shall receive a certificate of appointment from the governor, and before beginning his term of office, shall file with the secretary of state his written oath or affirmation for faithful discharge of his official duty.  Each member shall serve until his successor has been appointed and qualified.  It shall be the duty of the president of the Louisiana Engineering Society, in the case of licensed professional engineers, or the president of the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors, in the case of the licensed professional land surveyors, duly authorized and acting on behalf of the respective society to make the nominations described above within sixty days after receipt of notice of the death, resignation, or removal of a member of the board, and at least thirty days prior to the expiration of the term of a member of the board.

D.  This board shall be financially self-sufficient.  It shall receive no state funds through appropriation or otherwise and shall not expend any such state funds.  No state funds shall be expended or committed to expenditure for the group benefits program or any other health insurance or employee benefit program, for any retirement system, for any salary, per diem payment, travel or expenses, office supplies and materials, rent, purchase of any product or service, or for any other purpose.

Acts 1980, No. 568, §1; Acts 1987, No. 694, §1; Acts 1989, No. 149, §1; Acts 1991, No. 435, §1; Acts 1999, No. 396, §1; Acts 2006, No. 473, §1; Acts 2010, No. 468, §1, eff. June 22, 2010.

{NOTE: SEE ACTS 1987, NO. 694, §2.}



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