Rule 6.4. Committee on Appropriations; subcommittees
A. Appropriations. The Committee on Appropriations shall be composed of twenty-five members, of whom seventeen shall be appointed by the Speaker and eight shall be
elected, both as provided herein. Of the seventeen appointed members, one member shall
be a resident of each of the Public Service Commission districts respectively, one member
shall be a resident of each of the congressional districts respectively, and the remainder shall
be appointed from the state at large. Of the eight elected members, one member shall be a
resident of each of the districts for the election of members to the State Board of Elementary
and Secondary Education respectively; such districts are hereinafter referred to as BESE
B. The elected members shall be elected in the following manner:
(1) The election shall be held after the general election for members of the House of
Representatives from among the members-elect.
(2) Each member-elect shall be eligible to be a candidate from the BESE district
within which the member-elect resides at the time the election is held.
(3) Within five days after the promulgation of the official returns of each general
election for members of the House of Representatives, the Clerk shall transmit to each
member-elect a notice of candidacy form and an outline of the procedure for the election of
members of the committee.
(4) Each member-elect who wishes to be a candidate for membership on the
committee shall return the notice of candidacy to the Clerk within ten days after the notice
of candidacy was transmitted by the Clerk.
(5) Within three days after the final day for the receipt of the notice of candidacy, the
Clerk shall transmit to each member-elect the ballot listing the candidates from the BESE
district within which the member-elect resides.
(6) The ballots shall be prepared separately by BESE district and shall list the name
and address of each member-elect who has declared himself to be a candidate from the
respective districts. The ballot shall contain the name of the member-elect to whom it is to
(7) Each member-elect shall mark the ballot with his choice for one of the candidates
and shall return the ballot to the Clerk within fifteen days after the ballot was transmitted by
(8) No ballot received by the Clerk after five o'clock p.m. on the fifteenth day after
the date on which the ballots were transmitted shall be counted, but the day and time received
shall be recorded for each ballot received after such time, and the ballot shall be invalid.
However, prior to five o'clock p.m. on the fifteenth day after the date on which the ballots
were transmitted, a member-elect may withdraw his ballot or change his vote upon his
(9) Each candidate who receives a majority of the votes cast by the members-elect
voting in his or her BESE district shall be elected to the committee.
(10) If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in a BESE district, the Clerk
shall conduct a run-off election between the two candidates who receive the highest number
of votes. The run-off election shall be conducted in the same manner as the original election.
(11) The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the run-off election shall
be elected to the committee.
(12) If the run-off election results in a tie vote, the two candidates shall cast lots
under the supervision of the Clerk to determine which candidate shall be elected to the
(13) On or before the twentieth day after the date on which the ballots were
transmitted, the Clerk shall tabulate the votes by BESE district. Prior to the tabulation, the
Clerk shall not disclose the contents of any ballot to any person until the day when the votes
(14) The tabulation of the results of the election in each BESE district shall indicate
by name the candidate for whom each member-elect voted and the name of each
member-elect who did not vote. The Clerk shall sign each of the tabulation sheets.
(15) The Clerk shall promulgate the returns of the elections within three days after
the date on which the votes were tabulated. Promulgation shall be accomplished by
transmitting a copy of the tabulation sheets to each member-elect. The vote in each election
as tabulated by the Clerk shall be recorded in the Journal.
(16) The notices of candidacy returned by the members-elect and the ballots cast by
the members-elect shall be public record.
(17) The Clerk shall initiate and oversee the design and implementation of a system
to allow each member-elect to electronically vote and return his ballot. The system shall be
accurate and secure, and the Clerk shall certify that the system meets these requirements.
C. Vacancies in the membership of the Appropriations Committee shall be filled in
the manner of the original appointment or election as the case may be.
D. Any elected member of the committee may be removed by a majority of those
members who reside in the BESE district from which the member was originally elected.
(1) Removal shall be accomplished by delivery to the Speaker of an affidavit signed
by a majority of those members who reside in a BESE district expressing their intent to
remove an elected member.
(2) Upon receipt of the affidavit, the Speaker shall declare a vacancy in the
membership of the committee and direct the Clerk to conduct an election to fill the vacant
E. For the transmittal of the notice of candidacy forms and the ballots required by
this Rule, the Clerk shall utilize a method of transmittal which provides for notice of receipt
and shall preserve the records of the transmittals and the notices of receipt for a minimum
of six months following the promulgation of the returns of the election.
F.(1) The review of the executive budget shall be conducted by the following
standing subcommittees of the Committee on Appropriations for the following schedule
numbers and departments.
(a) Elementary and Secondary Education: which shall review the budgets and
appropriations for that portion of Schedule 19 which includes the budgets and appropriations
for the Department of Education, unless otherwise allocated herein, and Special Schools and
(b) General Government: which shall review the budgets and appropriations for
Schedule 01, the Executive Department; Schedule 03, the Department of Veterans Affairs;
Schedule 17, the Department of Civil Service; Schedule 12, the Department of Revenue;
Schedule 06, the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Schedule 18, the
Retirement Systems; Schedule 04, statewide elected officials and their agencies, unless
otherwise allocated herein; and Schedule 20, miscellaneous appropriations for Other
(c) Health and Human Services: which shall review the budgets and appropriations
for Schedule 09, the Louisiana Department of Health; Schedule 10, the Department of
Children and Family Services; and that portion of Schedule 19 which includes the budgets
and appropriations for the Health Care Services Division within the LSU Health Sciences
Centers, and the budgets and appropriations associated with the delivery of health care
services in Louisiana.
(d) Business Development: which shall review the budgets and appropriations for
Schedule 05, the Department of Economic Development; Schedule 13, the Department of
Environmental Quality; Schedule 04-165, the Department of Insurance; Schedule 14, the
Louisiana Workforce Commission; and Schedule 04-158, the Public Service Commission.
(e) Infrastructure and Resources: which shall review the budgets and appropriations
for Schedule 07, the Department of Transportation and Development; Schedule 11, the
Department of Natural Resources; and Schedule 16, the Department of Wildlife and
(f) Public Safety and Corrections: which shall review the budgets and appropriations
for Schedule 08, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and expenditures
associated with local housing of state adult and juvenile offenders.
(g) Postsecondary Education: which shall review the budgets and appropriations for
that portion of Schedule 19 which includes the budgets and appropriations for postsecondary
education, unless otherwise allocated herein.
(2) The subcommittees may review other budgets and appropriations as referred by
the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.
(3) The chairman of the Committee on Appropriations shall establish the work
schedule and the meeting times for the subcommittees.
HR 3, 1973; HR 21, 1973; HR 9, 1975; HR 4, 1978; HR 20, 1978; HR 4, 1st Ex.
Sess., 1980; HR 4, 1984; HR 10, 1985; HR 5, 1989; HR 1, 1992 Org. Sess.; HR 3, 1992; HR
1, 1996 Org. Sess.; HR 76, 2007, eff. June 27, 2007; HR 1, 2008 Org. Sess., eff. Jan. 15,
2008; HR 110, 2015, special eff. date; HR 22, 2016, eff. March 21, 2016.
NOTE: See HR 110, 2015 R.S., re: eff. date.