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      RS 39:360     



§360.  Policy for use of state owned aircraft; criteria; maintenance

A.  The Division of Administration shall establish a uniform policy for all state agencies for the use of state owned motor vehicles and aircraft by state employees.  In developing the policy the following criteria shall be used.

B.  It shall be determined, based upon usage, including air miles traveled and special functions, whether it is more economical to purchase an aircraft for an agency's employees or to use commercial airlines.  In making such determination, the commissioner of administration shall utilize the comprehensive report, by each budget unit and each spending agency in the executive and judicial branches of state government, assembled by him and released annually to the governor and the legislature as directed by R.S. 39:60.1(C) containing information concerning aircraft owned or leased by each agency and including for each aircraft, the type of aircraft, make, model, year, primary user, if any, mileage traveled or hours of use, annual rental or lease cost if not purchased, or the purchase price.  Any aircraft which does not meet the economic criteria required herein may be immediately declared surplus property, if owned by the state, or, if leased by the state, the lease shall be terminated as soon as the terms of the contract permit.  The institutions of higher education in the state shall be limited to the use of one state-owned or maintained aircraft for the institutions under each separate management board.  Such limit shall exclude aircraft as shall be determined by the commissioner to be necessary for recognized training programs.

C.  An aviation unit shall exist in the division of administration.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, this unit shall regulate the maintenance of state owned aircraft, including helicopters and fixed-winged aircraft, owned or operated by any and all agencies within the executive branch of state government, except for aircraft owned or operated by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  All such aircraft shall be maintained and repaired through state operated aircraft maintenance facilities, unless an agency receives prior approval from the division's aviation unit for maintenance at privately owned facilities.  Maintenance for the purposes of this Subsection shall mean inspection, labor, parts, accessories, and avionics.  The commissioner of administration is authorized to appoint as many employees to the unit as may be permitted by the legislative appropriation to fulfill this function.

Acts 1986, No. 890, §1; Acts 1988, No. 62, §1; Acts 2008, No. 237, §1, eff. June 17, 2008.

NOTE:  SEE ACTS 1986, NO. 890, §2.

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