2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:893 — Governing board; membership; appointment; terms; compensation

§893.  Governing board; membership; appointment; terms; compensation

A.  The authority shall be governed by a board of seventeen members.  The board shall include four residents from the parish of Ouachita; two residents each from the parishes of Morehouse and Lincoln; and one resident each from the parishes of Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll.

B.(1)  The members shall be appointed by the governing authority of each parish, with the exception of Ouachita Parish, in which they shall be appointed by the Ouachita Council of Government.  All appointments shall require ratification by a plurality of the legislative delegation representing the twelve parishes which are included in the authority.  The initial appointments shall be made no later than January 1, 2007.

(2)  Parishes with two or more board members shall be represented by at least one professional and at least one advocate or consumer.  Both shall have a history of involvement in one or more of the three areas of service.  The advocates shall have demonstrated an active history of support and involvement in one or more of the service areas.  Consumers shall have received services in one or more of the three service areas provided by the authority.

(3)  The appointees shall be professionals or active advocates in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse services.

C.(1)  The initial terms of office for the appointees from the parish of Ouachita shall be one appointee for one year, one appointee for two years, and two appointees for three years, to be determined by the appointing governing authority.  The initial terms of the appointees from the parishes of Lincoln and Morehouse shall be one and three years, to be determined by the appointing governing authority.  The initial terms of the appointees from the parishes of East Carroll, Madison, Tensas, and West Carroll shall be three years.  The initial terms of the appointees from the parishes of Caldwell, Franklin, Jackson, Richland, and Union, shall be two years.

(2)  All subsequent appointees shall serve terms of three years.  No board members shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms after his initial term.

D.  The chairman shall be elected by the board for a term established under the board's bylaws.

E.  Each board member shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses and mileage at the same rate set by the division of administration for state employees for each day in actual attendance at board meetings or for representing the board in an official board-approved activity.

F.  No member of the board or of his immediate family shall own or have any interest in any public or private organization, business, company, or entity conducting business of any kind with the authority.

G.  The board shall adopt bylaws to provide for the governance of the board within ninety days of being established.  Such bylaws shall include but not be limited to:

(1)  Procedures for the election of board officers, including terms of office and methods and grounds for removal.

(2)  Procedures and grounds for the removal of any board member.  Grounds for removal shall include conviction of a felony or may include failure to meet board attendance as provided in the bylaws.

H.  Procedures for filling a vacancy created by the removal, resignation, or death of any board member prior to the end of the board member's term shall follow those used for initial appointments.

I.  All members of the board and employees shall be subject to the Code of Governmental Ethics.

Acts 2006, No. 631, §1, eff. June 23, 2006.

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