2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 8:676 — Powers and duties of the board

§676.  Powers and duties of the board

A.  The Louisiana Unmarked Burial Sites Board shall have the following powers and duties:

(1)  To implement and to enforce this Chapter and the powers and duties assigned to the board by law.

(2)  To adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement and to enforce this Chapter and the powers and duties assigned to the board by law.  All rules and regulations shall be adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

(3)  To consult with all interested parties on occasions of disturbance of unmarked burial sites to determine a proper course of action.

(4)  To institute civil proceedings seeking injunctive or other relief to restrain and to prevent violations of this Chapter or the laws or administrative rules administered or enforced by the board.

(5)  To institute civil proceedings seeking restitution, payment of costs, or other monetary relief necessary to prevent, restore, or repair damage to unmarked burial sites, human skeletal remains, or burial artifacts from unmarked burial sites, or to retrieve human skeletal remains or burial artifacts removed in violation of this Chapter.

(6)  To issue permits for the disinterment and/or for the scientific study of human skeletal remains and burial artifacts found in unmarked burial sites.  The board may adopt rules and regulations to provide for the issuance of emergency permits by the state archaeologist.

(7)  To charge a permit fee not to exceed one hundred dollars for each such permit.  The monies collected from the issuance of permits, subject to applicable provisions of law, shall be used as provided for funds from civil damages in Subsection B of this Section.

(8)  To issue permits for the special exhibition of human skeletal remains from unmarked burial sites if the board determines that the remains are of exceptional scientific or cultural significance.

(9)  To issue permits for the use of human skeletal remains which have been legally obtained from unmarked burial sites and are intended strictly for teaching purposes at accredited institutions of higher learning, including but not limited to nonpublic display of human skeletal remains.

B.  Civil damages, except for attorney fees, recovered by the board, subject to applicable provisions of law, shall be used by the board to implement and enforce this Chapter and to fund activities of the division of archaeology in regard to restoration and protection of burial sites, in accordance with regulations adopted by the board and other applicable laws.  Attorney fees shall be paid to the Louisiana Department of Justice.

C.  Provisional permits may be used by the division of archaeology until such time as the board is appointed and has adopted rules and regulations governing permitting.

Acts 1991, No. 704, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992.

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