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      RS 51:1257     


§1257. Commission duties and responsibilities; meetings

            A. The commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the assistant secretary and to the secretary of the department on matters related to the development and implementation of programs to promote tourism and the historical, cultural, recreational, and scenic legacy of the state.

            B. The commission shall have the following responsibilities:

            (1) The commission shall review and advise on the major types of promotion and advertising contracts, prior to their approval.

            (2) The assistant secretary, secretary, and commission shall jointly formulate the strategic plan for tourism development and any modifications thereto.

            C. In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the commission shall submit to the lieutenant governor a list of at least three, but not more than five qualified nominees from among eligible applicants to fill a vacancy for the position of assistant secretary.

            D. The commission shall be authorized to do the following:

            (1) Hold at least four regular meetings in a calendar year for the following purposes:

            (a) To obtain opinions and information concerning tourism policies and programs of the state, the development of the tourist industry, and opportunities for expanding tourism in Louisiana.

            (b) To conduct public hearings on the effectiveness of tourist promotion activities performed by the office.

            (c) To provide adequate opportunities for parochial and municipal participation, federal agency participation, and private citizens' involvement in the decision-making process of tourism planning and policy formulation.

            (d) To encourage all state, parochial, and municipal governmental and private agencies to do their best to assure the personal safety of residents and tourists both within and without tourist destination areas.

            (2) Adopt procedures, rules, and regulations for the deliberations, transactions, and conduct of its business, all in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.

            (3) Keep a record of its transactions, findings, determinations, recommendations, resolutions, reports, and studies.

            E. The lieutenant governor shall designate one member of the commission to serve as chairman. The commission shall elect a vice chairman and such other officers as deemed necessary. The chairman is authorized to call meetings of the commission when necessary and shall call a meeting when requested to do so in writing by at least eight members of the commission. A majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business and the execution of the duties of the commission.

            Added by Acts 1983, No. 688, §4. Acts 1984, No. 751, §2, eff. July 13, 1984; Acts 1986, No. 464, §1; Acts 2004, No. 114, §1; Acts 2008, No. 804, §2; Acts 2020, No. 86, §2.

NOTE: This Section is updated through the 2020 First Extraordinary Session, but is subject to final technical revisions by the Louisiana State Law Institute.

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