2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5554.2 - Livingston Parish; payment of group insurance premiums; retired sheriffs and deputy sheriffs; creation of fund

§5554.2. Livingston Parish; payment of group insurance premiums; retired sheriffs and deputy sheriffs; creation of fund

A. There is hereby created the Livingston Parish Retired Employees' Insurance Fund, hereinafter referred to as the "LREIF", to fund the payment by the sheriff's office of Livingston Parish of the premium costs for eligible retired sheriffs and retired deputy sheriffs as provided in R.S. 13:5554(G).

B. The following monies shall be deposited into LREIF until the total amount of the monies including principal and earnings in LREIF equals the sum of six million dollars:

(1) One percent of the monies received in the Livingston Parish sheriff's general fund each year.

(2) Any other monies that the sheriff of Livingston Parish may contribute to LREIF.

C. Upon recommendation of the board established in Subsection G of this Section, the sheriff of Livingston Parish shall invest the monies in LREIF as follows:

(1) Not less than twenty-five percent in equities.

(2) At least twenty-five percent in fixed-income investments.

D. The earnings realized on the monies invested pursuant to Subsection C of this Section shall be available for the sheriff to withdraw for the sole purpose of paying the insurance premium costs provided in R.S. 13:5554(G) for retired sheriffs and retired deputy sheriffs of Livingston Parish or legal representation costs for the LREIF Board, provided that no such earnings shall be withdrawn until the amount of principal and accumulated earnings in LREIF is equal to the sum of six million dollars. In the event that the total amount of monies derived from deposits provided in Subsection B of this Section and investment earnings fall below the sum of six million dollars, no earnings shall be withdrawn, and any balance owed for the payment of insurance premium costs as required by R.S. 13:5554(G) or legal representation costs for the LREIF Board shall be paid in full from the sheriff's general fund.

E. The monies deposited pursuant to Subsection B of this Section and the accumulated earnings up to a total of six million dollars shall not be appropriated and shall be used only for investments as provided in this Section.

F. Any financial audit conducted of the sheriff's office of Livingston Parish shall specifically address compliance with the provisions of this Section.

G.(1) To provide recommendations concerning the investment of funds as provided in Subsection C of this Section, the sheriff shall establish an investment advisory board consisting of seven members as follows:

(a) A representative to be appointed by the sheriff.

(b) Five retired sheriffs or retired deputy sheriffs of the department, elected by other retired sheriffs and retired deputy sheriffs of the department. If more than five persons qualify for election, the five candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be elected to the board.

(c) One active deputy sheriff of the department elected by the other active deputy sheriffs of the department. If more than one person qualifies for election, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be elected to the board.

(d) The sheriff shall use and provide all means necessary and proper to conduct the initial and subsequent elections. All expenses, including the printing and mailing of the ballots for the initial and subsequent elections, shall be borne by the sheriff and paid out of the sheriff's general fund.

(e) The members of the board shall elect a chairperson at its first board meeting which shall be held within thirty days after the election of board members. The board shall adopt rules governing the election of the members of the board. The election of board members shall be called and supervised by the board with the assistance of the sheriff.

(f) Should a vacancy occur on the board within sixty days of the date the vacancy occurs, the board shall appoint a member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term who is qualified to serve on the board as provided in Subparagraphs (b) and (c) of this Paragraph. If a board member who is an active deputy sheriff elected pursuant to Subparagraph (c) of this Paragraph retires, he may continue to serve for the remainder of the term for which he was elected, if less than two years remain on his term; however, if more than two years remain on his term, the board shall appoint an active deputy sheriff to fill the remainder of that term.

(2) Members of the board shall serve terms concurrent with that of the sheriff.

Acts 2007, No. 301, §1, eff. July 9, 2007; Redesignated from R.S. 33:1448.2 pursuant to Acts 2011, No. 248, §3; Acts 2012, No. 240, §1, eff. May 25, 2012; Acts 2014, No. 146, §1.

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