TITLE 39. PUBLIC FINANCE

SUBTITLE I. STATE FINANCE

CHAPTER 1. DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION

PART III. CAPITAL OUTLAY BUDGET

SUBPART A. CAPITAL OUTLAY BUDGET DEVELOPMENT

 

39:101     Capital outlay budget request; feasibility studies

 

A. (1) Except as provided in Paragraph 2 of this Subsection, no later than the first day of November each year, the head of each budget unit shall present to the office of facility planning and control of the division of administration a request for all expenditures for capital projects falling within the definition contained in R.S. 39:2(9), on forms provided by the office.  However, if a legislator is finally elected after November first, the legislator shall have until the fifteenth day of December to present such request.  A copy of the request shall also be provided by the head of each budget unit to the Legislative Fiscal Office, 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.  Such annual requests shall contain the information necessary for the feasibility study required pursuant to Article VII, Section 11(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana and shall include projects proposed to be funded within the next five years.

 

(2) Projects to be funded by and programs for the expenditure of funds from the Transportation Trust Fund shall be governed by the priority program required by Article VII, Section 27 of the Constitution of Louisiana.   Any form for submission together with supporting information and documents for such projects shall constitute the feasibility study required by > Article VII, Section 11(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana.

 

(3) Any project or component of a project funded in a capital outlay act, which is not funded through a cash or non-cash line of credit as approved by the state bond commission or is not under contract in any one fiscal year, shall not be considered in any subsequent year unless a new request is made therefor.  Such request shall be submitted as provided in this Section.

 

B. (1)(a) All officials of political subdivisions, ports, levee districts, and other non-state entities shall submit their proposed capital projects through the senator and representative in whose district the proposed capital project will be located on forms provided by the office of facility planning and control.  Each legislator shall forward the original request to the office, and a copy of the original request to the Legislative Fiscal Office, 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, with his recommendation for approval or disapproval or without recommendations.

 

(b) The request shall contain the signature of either the senator or representative in whose geographic area the project is located, or a letter specifically endorsing the request.  The signatures and/or letter shall be required for consideration of the project by the division of administration.

 

(c) Such requests and letters of support shall be submitted to the office of facility planning and control no later than the first day of November of each year.

 

(d) Any form for submission together with the legislative endorsement and other supporting information and documents for such projects shall contain the information necessary for the feasibility study required by Article VII, Section 11(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana.

 

(2) The legislature shall not include funding within the capital outlay act for a project or projects of a non-state entity until such time as the non-state entity has certified to the division of administration that bond funding or other sources of funding sufficient to fund the project or projects is not otherwise available to the non-state entity.  The division of administration may promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary for the implementation of this Paragraph.  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.

 

(3) Repealed by Acts 1997, No. 3, § 8, eff. July 1, 1997.

 

C. Any legislator desiring the expenditure of state funds for any capital projects falling within the definition contained in R.S. 39:2(9) shall comply with the provisions of this Section.

 

D. (1) The provisions of Subsection B of this Section shall not be applicable to and shall not be followed with respect to streets, roads, highways, and bridges.  The provisions of R.S. 48:228 shall govern in establishing priorities and construction programs for all streets, roads, highways, and bridges within the state and local system.  Any street, road, highway, or bridge not in compliance and conformity with the provisions of R.S. 48:228 shall not be included in the capital outlay acts.

 

(2) The provisions of Subsection B of this Section shall not be applicable to and shall not be followed with respect to any flood control or drainage project.  The provisions of R.S. 38:90.1 et seq. shall govern in establishing the priorities for any such projects.  Any flood control or drainage project except for watershed program projects not in compliance and conformity with the provisions of R.S. 38:90.1, et seq. shall not be included in the capital outlay acts.

 

(3) The provisions of this Subsection shall not be applicable to any project which the commissioner of administration determines is an economic development project.

 

E. Upon receipt of the request required by this Section, the division of administration shall certify the date and time when the request was received.

 

F. (1) The office of facility planning and control shall assign a project number to each project for which a budget request is received by that office.  It shall also assign a project number to projects included in the enrolled version of the capital outlay bill for which a project number has not been previously assigned.

 

(2) All projects must have a unique project number, and that number must be used to identify a project in all reports required by law.

 

(3) The office of facility planning and control shall establish a system of categorization of projects requested to be funded through the capital outlay act.  The division of administration may promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary for the implementation of this Paragraph.  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. Amended by Acts 1993, No. 683, § 1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex.Sess., No. 133, § 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Acts 1997, No. 1346, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Acts 2001, No. 1032, § 13; Acts 2008, No. 911, § 1, eff. July 1, 2008.