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      RS 39:112     

  

§112.  Capital outlay act

A.  The legislature shall enact into law a capital outlay bill which shall incorporate the first year of the five-year capital outlay program as provided in Article VII, Section 11(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana.  The capital outlay act shall include appropriation of funds from specified sources, including proceeds of bonds, for capital projects to be expended during the next fiscal year.

B.  All projects included within any capital outlay act, under penalty of nullity, shall have been proposed, reviewed, and evaluated in accordance with the requisites contained in Subpart A of this Part. The office of facility planning and control shall make the determination as to compliance with Subpart A of this Part and shall report those findings to the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

C.(1)  Capital outlay budget requests submitted after November first may be included within the capital outlay act if the capital outlay budget request meets all of the applicable requirements as provided in R.S. 39:101 and 102 except for time of submission and if any of the following conditions have been met:

(a)  The project is an economic development project recommended in writing by the secretary of the Department of Economic Development.

(b)  The project is an emergency project recommended in writing by the commissioner of administration.

(c)  The project is for a non-state entity, has a total project cost of less than one million dollars, and has been approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay; however, no action to approve any such project may be taken by the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay after the first day of February.

(d)  The project is located in a designated disaster area and there is a public need for the project because of a national or state declared disaster, and the project has been approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, which approval may occur after the first day of February and which project may have a total project cost of one million dollars or more.

(2)  For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a)  "Designated disaster area" means the actual affected geographical area or parish or parishes as designated in an executive order or proclamation of the governor or a parish president pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act.

(b)  "Economic development" means:

(i)  Improvements on public or government-owned property for the purposes of attracting or retaining a specific new or existing manufacturing or business operation that benefits Louisiana.

(ii)  Facilities or improvements on public or government-owned property that generate new, permanent employment or which help retain existing employment.

(iii)  Facilities or infrastructure improvements on public or government- owned property necessary for the manufacturing plant or business to operate.

(c)  "Emergency" means essential to alleviate conditions that are hazardous to life, health or property, and court mandates.

(d)  "Public need" means a capital outlay budget request which occurs within twelve months of the executive order or proclamation of the governor or a parish president for a project that stabilizes a disaster designated area*.

D.  Any project deemed not feasible after evaluation of the feasibility study required pursuant to Article VII, Section 11(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana shall not be included with the capital outlay act.  The office of facility planning and control shall submit a report to the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs detailing its findings and evaluation of any project deemed not feasible.  Such report shall be submitted no later than twenty days after the determination that the project is deemed not feasible.

E.(1)  General obligation bond funding of non-state projects shall be limited to no more than twenty-five percent of the cash line of credit capacity for projects in any fiscal year.  Non-state projects are those projects not owned and operated by the state except those projects determined by the commissioner of administration to be a regional economic development initiative or regional health care facility operated in cooperation with the state.

(2)  Non-state entity projects shall require a match of not less than twenty-five percent of the total requested amount of funding except:

(a)  A project deemed by the commissioner of administration to be an emergency project.

(b)  A project of a non-state entity which has demonstrated its inability to provide a local match.  The division of administration shall promulgate rules establishing a needs-based formula for determining the inability of a non-state entity to provide the required local match.  However, such rules shall be approved by the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs before they are promulgated.

(c)  A project for a rural water system servicing less than one thousand customers to extend or connect waterlines to other water systems.

F.  The general obligation bond cash line of credit capacity shall be limited to two hundred million dollars annually adjusted for construction inflation from 1994.  This limit shall only be raised by a favorable vote of two-thirds of the elected members of each house of the legislature.

G.(1)  Projects to be funded through the sale of bonds and secured by or payable from state appropriation shall either be included in the capital outlay act or shall obtain legislative approval as set forth in this Subsection.

(2)  Projects to be funded through the sale of bonds and secured by or payable from state appropriation shall be included in a separate section of the capital outlay act entitled "appropriated debt projects".

(3)  Appropriated debt projects not included in the annual capital outlay act may be considered between sessions by submission of those projects by the division of administration to the Interim Emergency Board, and approval by a majority vote of the elected members of each house of the legislature in the manner provided for in Chapter 3-B of Subtitle I of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950.

(4)  After obtaining legislative approval as set forth in this Subsection, requests to sell bonds shall be submitted to the State Bond Commission for review and approval.

(5)  The division of administration may promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary for the implementation of this Subsection.  However, such rules and regulations shall be approved by the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs before they are promulgated.

Acts 1989, No. 836, §1, eff. July 1, 1989; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 133, §1, eff. July 1, 1994; Acts 1997, No. 1346, §§1, 2, eff. July 1, 1997; Acts 2008, No. 911, §1, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 1038, §1, eff. July 8, 2010; Acts 2014, No. 574, §1, eff. July 1, 2014.

NOTE:  See Acts 2010, No. 1038, §2.

*As appears in the enrolled bill.



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