2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 24 - Legislature and Laws
RS 24:554 - Powers

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 24:554 (2018)

§554. Powers

            A.(1) The council shall have the power and authority to hold hearings, to subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, compel the production of books, documents, records, and papers, public and private, to order the compiling and furnishing to the legislative auditor of the sworn statements and actuarial valuations which are required by R.S. 24:514, to petition directly, or through a representative authorized by the council, the courts for writs of mandamus to order the compiling and furnishing of the sworn statements and actuarial valuations required by R.S. 24:514, and to do all other things necessary to advise, aid, and assist the legislative auditor in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of his office.

            (2) It shall also have the full power and authority of the legislature inherent in that body and conferred by law to take testimony at public or private hearings, and upon failure of any person to comply with an order of the council, to punish for contempt.

            B.(1) If the council determines based upon its review and investigation that, without appropriate cause, an auditee has not complied with the recommendations contained in an audit report of such auditee, the council shall forward its determination of noncompliance to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and the appropriate oversight committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

            (2) If the council determines based upon its review and investigation that, without appropriate cause, a local auditee as defined in R.S. 24:513 has failed for three consecutive years to sufficiently resolve the findings contained in an audit report of such local auditee, the council may, after notice to and a public hearing with the local auditee, make a determination that the local auditee has failed or refused to comply with the provisions of R.S. 24:513, and upon two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the council, may direct the treasurer to withhold funds in accordance with R.S. 39:72.1.

            Acts 1978, No. 357, §2. Amended by Acts 1980, No. 511, §1; Acts 1980, No. 794, §1, eff. Aug. 1, 1980; Acts 1981, No. 206, §1; Acts 1999, No. 264, §1, eff. July 1, 1999; Acts 2015, No. 462, §1.

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