RS 25:822     

§822.  Louisiana Folklife Commission; creation; membership; confirmation and reconfirmation; terms; officers; vacancies; compensations; meetings; quorum; domicile

A.  Creation; membership.  The Louisiana Folklife Commission is hereby created within the office of cultural development of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.  The commission shall be composed of twenty-one voting members, eighteen of whom shall be appointed by the governor and three of whom shall be ex officio members.  Each appointment by the governor shall be submitted to the Senate for confirmation.  The commission shall be composed as follows:

(1)  One member shall be appointed from the office of the state museum.

(2)  One member shall be appointed from the office of state parks.

(3)  One member shall be appointed from the Division of the Arts.

(4)  One member shall be appointed from the Division of Archaeology.

(5)  One member shall be appointed from the Division of Historic Preservation.

(6)  One member shall be appointed from a list of three names submitted by the membership of the Louisiana Folklore Society.

(7)  One member shall be appointed from a list of three names submitted by the membership of the Louisiana Folklife Society.

(8)  Four members shall be appointed from the faculties of state, public, and private colleges or universities from a list of twelve prospective members submitted by the secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, all of whom shall have recognized professional expertise in folklife, anthropology, cultural geography, ethnomusicology, linguistics, museology, documentary media, or history.

(9)  Four members shall be appointed from a list of twelve names submitted by the secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, all of whom shall have a demonstrated interest in the folk cultural traditions of the state; these members shall be chosen with regard to representation of major ethnic groups or regions of the state.

(10)  One member shall be appointed from a list of three names submitted by the board of directors of the Louisiana Preservation Alliance, Inc.

(11)  One member shall be the executive director of the Louisiana Committee for the Humanities or his designee.

(12)  One member shall be the director of the Louisiana Intertribal Council or a designee recommended by the council.

(13)  One member shall be the state librarian or his designee.

(14)  One member shall be appointed from the office of tourism.

(15)  One member shall be appointed from the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

(16)  In addition, the following shall serve on the commission as nonvoting ex officio members: the director of the Smithsonian Institution, Folklife Program; the director of the American Folklife Center; the executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts; and a member of the Louisiana State Arts Council.

B.  Confirmation.  All members appointed by the governor shall be subject to Senate confirmation at the first regular session of the legislature after appointment and again at the first regular session of the legislature following the commencement of the next succeeding gubernatorial term.

C.  Terms.  Each appointed member shall serve a term concurrent with that of the governor making the appointment.

D.  Officers.  The members shall elect a chairman and may elect other officers as they deem necessary for the efficient operation of the business of the commission.

E.  Vacancies.  A vacancy in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

F.  Compensation.  The members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but they shall be reimbursed on a vouchered basis for actual expenses, including travel expenses, to the extent that funds are made available for such purpose.

G.  Meetings.  The commission shall meet at least twice each calendar year on the call of the chairman.  Meetings shall also be held on the request of at least three members of the commission.  The chairman shall give seven days notice to the members of the commission of the time and place within the state of Louisiana where such meetings will be held.  A majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any and all business at any regular or special meeting.

H.  Domicile.  The commission shall be domiciled in Baton Rouge, but may hold public meetings elsewhere in the state.

Added by Acts 1981, No. 893, §1.  Amended by Acts 1982, No. 850, §1; Acts 1983, No. 687, §4; Acts 1991, No. 127, §1.