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      RS 30:147     


§147.  Bonds of the parish

A.  The governing authority of any parish, with the approval of the State Bond Commission, is hereby authorized to fund into bonds of said parish its portion of the royalties which are credited or distributed to it pursuant to the provisions of Article VII, Section 4(E) of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 and this Subpart.  The bonds may be issued for any lawful purpose of the parish, may be general or limited obligations of the parish issuing them and shall run for a period of not to exceed twenty years from the date of issuance of the bonds.  Said bonds shall be issued pursuant to a resolution adopted by the parish governing authority and shall have such maturities and bear such interest as may be determined and fixed by the parish governing authority which, in no event, shall exceed eight per cent per annum.  They shall be payable in principal and interest at such place or places and at such time or times as the governing authority prescribes.  The bonds shall be callable on such terms and in such manner as the governing authority fixes and shall be issued in the denomination of one thousand dollars or an integral multiple thereof, as determined by the governing authority.  They may be registered or payable to bearer, in the discretion of the governing authority.  The bonds shall be sold to the highest bidder at public sale after advertisement by the governing authority one time at least seven days prior to the date fixed for the reception of bids in a newspaper published in the parish and in a newspaper of general circulation or other periodical containing a section devoted to municipal bond matters published in New Orleans, Chicago or New York, reserving to the governing authority the right to reject any and all bids.

B.  So long as any of the bonds issued hereunder are outstanding, the minimum royalties to be stipulated in any mineral lease or leases of lands belonging to the state, or the title to which is in the state for mineral development, shall never be less than the minimum provided for on February 20, 1975, by R.S. 30:127, and the state shall not enter into any agreements for the lease or use of any state lands for mineral purposes under any stipulation for a less minimum royalty than that so provided.  So long as any of the bonds issued hereunder are outstanding, the percentage of the royalties received by the state and hereinabove required to be credited or distributed to the parish pursuant to the provisions of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 and this Subpart shall be collected, deposited and allocated as hereinabove required, such percentage shall not be reduced, and the moneys thus credited or distributed to said parish shall primarily be dedicated to the retirement of said bonds and the interest thereon and shall be so applied.

C.  All bonds issued under authority of this Subpart shall be signed by the president and by the secretary of the parish governing authority issuing them, one of which signatures may be a facsimile, under the seal of the parish, and any interest coupons attached to said bonds shall be signed by the facsimile signatures of these officers.  Any such bonds may be issued and delivered, notwithstanding that one or more of the officers signing such bonds or the officer or officers whose facsimile signature or signatures may be on the coupons shall have ceased to be such officer or officers at the time such bonds shall actually have been delivered.

D.  The parish may authorize the issuance of refunding bonds of the parish for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds issued pursuant to this Subpart.  Such refunding bonds may either be sold and the proceeds applied to or deposited in escrow for the retirement of the outstanding bonds or may be delivered in exchange for the outstanding bonds.  The refunding bonds shall be authorized in all respects as original bonds are herein required to be authorized, and the parish, in authorizing the refunding bonds, shall provide for the security of the bonds, the sources from which the bonds are to be paid and for the rights of the holders thereof in all respects as herein provided for other bonds issued under authority of this Subpart.

E.  Any resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds under this Subpart shall be published one time in the official journal of the parish, as required by Subsection A of this section, with the resultant effect of incontestability as provided in Paragraph B of Section 35 of Article VI of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974.  All bonds issued by virtue hereof shall be and are hereby declared to have the qualities of negotiable paper under the Law Merchant and shall not be invalid for any irregularity or defect in the proceedings for the issue and sale thereof, and shall be incontestable in the hands of bona fide purchasers or holders thereof.  Said bonds and the income thereof shall be exempt from all taxation in the State of Louisiana.  No proceedings in respect to the issuance of any such bonds shall be necessary, except such as are contemplated by this Subpart.

Added by Acts 1975, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 29, §1, eff. Feb. 20, 1975.

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