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Drug Policy Board Legislation
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Louisiana R.S. 49:219:1-4


§219.1.  Policy and purpose

A.  It is the policy of the state to undertake every responsible effort, explore every opportunity, invite every useful contribution, and expend every available resource, to eliminate the abuse of drugs and alcohol and the damage to people and institutions that results from such abuse.  

B.  In view of the policy of the state, it is the purpose of this Part to establish a state agency organizationally positioned and structurally empowered to elicit, motivate, and coordinate the best efforts and ideas of all organizations, agencies, entities, and individuals who volunteer or can be conscripted to make a contribution toward the goal of eradicating drug and alcohol abuse and its poisonous fruit.  

§219.2.  Drug Policy Board; establishment; membership; selection; terms; compensation; organization; domicile; procedure

A.  The Drug Policy Board is established as a body corporate to operate within the office of the governor.

B.(1)  The board shall be composed of twenty-three members.

     (a)  Thirteen of the members shall be as follows:

(i)  The secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals or his designee.
(ii)  The secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections or his designee.
(iii)  The superintendent of state police or his designee.
(iv)  The secretary of the Department of Social Services or his designee.
(v)  The executive director of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement or his designee.
(vi)  The superintendent of education or his designee.
(vii)  The commander in chief of the national guard or his designee.
(viii)  The attorney general or his designee.
(ix)  The chairman of the Louisiana Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse or his designee.
(x)  The commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control or his designee.
(xi)  The executive director of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program or his designee.
(xii)  A member of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
(xiii)  A member of the Board of Pharmacy.

     (b)  Two of the members shall be as follows:

(i)  A member of the House Committee on Health and Welfare as designated by the speaker of the House of Representatives
(ii)  A member of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare as designated by the president of the Senate

     (c)  The remaining eight members shall be appointed by the governor subject to the confirmation of the Senate as follows:

(i)  A representative of a private organization involved in substance abuse prevention.
(ii)  The president or a representative of the District Attorneys Association.
(iii)  A representative of a federal agency with responsibilities in alcohol and drug abuse education, treatment, or prevention.
(iv)  The president or a representative of the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association.
(v)  A representative of the indigent defender system.
(vi)  A district court judge.
(vii)  A representative from the alcohol industry.
(viii)  A physician representing the field of substance abuse treatment or substance abuse prevention.

(2)  The governor shall appoint persons who represent local and state education agencies; drug and alcohol abuse treatment or rehabilitation facilities or programs; local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and local, state, and federal judiciaries, and legal counsel to serve on the task force in support of the drug policy board.

(3)  Each member shall serve a term concurrent with that of the appointing governor.  Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

(4)  Members shall serve without salary or per diem, but shall be reimbursed for travel, lodging, and related expenses occasioned by attendance on the business of the board in the same manner as provided for state employees.

C. (1)  The board shall be domiciled in the city of Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish.

(2)  The members of the board shall elect from among themselves a chair and such other officers as they deem necessary whose term shall be fixed by rule of the board.

(3)  The board shall meet on a regular basis of not less often than quarterly as established by the board and at such other times as deemed necessary by the chair.

(4)  The board shall establish its own rules of procedure.

(5)  Official action of the board shall require the affirmative approval of not less than a majority of those present.  A quorum shall be required to conduct a meeting.  A quorum shall be a majority of the total membership of the board.

(6)  Each board member who may appoint a designee to serve in his stead pursuant to Paragraph (B)(1) of this Section shall provide written notice of such to the chairman of the board.  Such written notice shall name the individual who shall be the official designee until the member revokes such designation.  No board member shall be represented in a meeting other than by the official designee.

§219.3.  Powers, duties, and functions; staffing; funding

A.  The board shall:

(1)  Identify, examine, select or develop, recommend or implement, drug control policies and strategies to more effectively combat illegal drugs and alcohol abuse.  

(2)  Stress a coordinated approach emphasizing application, or needed revisions, of enforcement capabilities targeting drug use, sale, and supply.

(3)  Identify, examine, select or develop, recommend or implement, demand reduction measures such as education, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and public awareness.  

(4)  Receive reports of the allocations and expenditures of all federal anti-drug abuse funds earmarked for education, treatment, rehabilitation, and law enforcement.  

(5)  Evaluate how anti-drug monies both state and federal are utilized in implementing anti-drug programs at the state and local agencies.  

(6)  Evaluate changes in the methods or priorities of the allocation of funds to state and local agencies.  

(7)  Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of state and local public awareness and drug prevention programs in both the public and private sectors in order to develop a series of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of such programs.  

(8)  Evaluate specific problem areas relating to the enforcement of drug laws and make recommendations in order to improve the impact of those laws through legislative refinement or executive order.  

(9)  Assess the roles and interaction of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and operations in combating drug abuse and trafficking, with recommendations for improving the effectiveness of multi-jurisdictional operations throughout the state.  

(10)  Provide an interim report to the governor regarding findings, activities and recommendations by July 1, 1991 and thereafter at least on a quarterly basis or more often if deemed necessary by the governor or the board.  

(11)  Develop long and/or short range plans or strategies that prioritize areas of need or otherwise organize the use of resources.  

(12)  Seek assistance or support from any state agency or private sector entity which may be helpful in diminishing or eradicating drug and alcohol abuse.  

(13)  Adopt and promulgate rules as may be necessary to implement this Part.  

B.  Staff support shall be provided by the executive office of the governor and may be provided by the agencies of the executive department of the government as directed by the governor.  

C.  The board shall be funded by appropriation of the legislature. 

§219.4.  Assistance and cooperation of other agencies; boards; use of facilities

All of the agencies, boards, commissions, and departments of the state and any of its political subdivisions shall assist the board in its work and furnish such information, reports, aid, services, and assistance as may be requested, all without any cost or charge of any nature to the office.  However, such required assistance by agencies, boards, commissions, and departments shall be subject to the funding constraints of the said entity.  The facilities of the state library and Louisiana State University shall be made available for use by the board.  It shall be the duty of the attorney general to give assistance to the board and to render his opinion in writing on any subject requested by the legislative fiscal officer. State Police Emergency Information Louisiana Economic Development Louisiana Recovery Authority Department of Social Services