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      RS 51:2610     


§2610.  Administration

A.  The authority and responsibility for administering this Chapter are with the Louisiana Department of Justice, office of the attorney general.

B.(1)  The attorney general may delegate to the employees of his office, or, with the approval of the governor, to employees of the office of the governor or to boards or agencies under the authority of the governor, the functions, duties, and powers with respect to mediating, investigating, conciliating, hearing, determining, ordering, certifying, reporting, or otherwise acting as to any work, business, or matter under this Chapter.  In developing mediation procedures to resolve complaints filed pursuant to this Chapter, the attorney general may request the assistance of members of the real estate and housing industry and other interested persons.

(2)  For purposes of mediation, under this Chapter, the attorney general shall appoint a panel, consisting of three members who are government employees, who shall serve at his pleasure.  The members of the panel shall be employees of the attorney general's office.

C.  All state, parish, and local departments and agencies shall administer their programs and activities relating to housing and urban development in a manner to further the purposes of this Chapter and shall cooperate with the attorney general to further these purposes.

D.  The attorney general may:

(1)  Make studies with respect to the nature and extent of discriminatory housing practices in representative communities, urban, suburban, and rural, throughout the state.

(2)  Publish and disseminate reports, recommendations, and information derived from such studies.

(3)  Cooperate with and render technical assistance to federal, state, local, and other public or private agencies, organizations, and institutions which are formulating or carrying on programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.

(4)  Cooperate with and enter into agreements with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and other United States agencies and enter into intergovernmental agreements with state and local agencies interested in practices governed by this Chapter, accept monies from these agencies and carry out and perform the covenants and conditions of any written agreement with such agencies not inconsistent with or beyond the provisions of this Chapter.

(5)  Administer the programs and activities relating to housing in a manner affirmatively to further the policies of this Chapter.

Acts 1991, No. 527, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 569, §1.

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