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The Department of Economic Development, Office of the Secretary and Office of Business Development, have found a need to amend the rules for the Regional Awards and Matching Grant Awards Program in order to provide enhanced assistance to eligible non-profit economic development organizations (EDOs) in their comprehensive and strategic marketing and/or recruitment plans for towns, cities, parishes and regions as a site for new Regional Awards and Matching Grant Awards, which will help to successfully secure the location, expansion, creation or retention of businesses for Louisiana and jobs for Louisiana citizens. This Rule will help to enhance the growth and stability of Louisiana's entrepreneurial business and/or industrial environment by making available regions to support this environment, and without this Rule the state may suffer the loss of business investment and economic development projects which would create or retain jobs that would improve the standard of living and enrich the quality of life for citizens of this state.

The text of this Notice of Intent may be viewed in its entirety in the Declarations of Emergency section of this issue of the Louisiana Register.

Family Impact Statement

This proposed Rule should not have any known or foreseeable impact on any family as defined by R.S. 49:972.D, or on family formation, stability and autonomy. There should be no known or foreseeable effect on: the stability of the family; the authority and rights of parents regarding the education and supervision of their children; the functioning of the family; on family earnings and family budget; the behavior and responsibility of children; or the ability of the family or a local government to perform the function as contained in the proposed Rule.

Interested persons may submit written comments to Shawn Welcome, Manager, Community Outreach Services, Louisiana Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94185, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9185; or physically deliver comments to Capitol Annex Building, Second Floor, 1051 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. All comments must be submitted (mailed and received) not later than 5 p.m., on Monday, December 22, 2008.

Donald M. Pierson, Jr.

Assistant Secretary

FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

RULE TITLE:  Regional Awards and Matching Grant Awards Program

I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)

The proposed rules will have no impact on state or local governmental expenditures on an aggregate basis. The Legislature appropriated $4.85 million in Fiscal Year 2008-09 for the Regional Awards and Matching Grant Awards Program and the department will likely expend this entire amount regardless of the adoption of these proposed rules.

II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)

There is no expected impact on revenue collections of state or local government.

III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)

The proposed rules increase the minimum funding for the Regional Awards portion of the Regional Awards and Matching Grant Awards Program from 33 percent of the total appropriation ($1.6 million based on $4.85 million total appropriation in Fiscal Year 2008-09) to a minimum of $2 million. As such, funds for the Matching Grant Awards portion will decrease by $400,000 in Fiscal Year 2008-09. The proposed rules also increase the minimum funding for each region from $150,000 currently to $200,000. The proposed rules also increase the administrative, salary, and program expenses from a maximum of 20 percent of awards to a maximum of 30 percent of awards. As such, Economic Development Organizations may expend a smaller portion of awards on marketing and promotional activities.

The proposed rules increase the maximum award for the Matching Grants Awards portion from $100,000 to $150,000 per recipient. This change, and the increase in the minimum Regional Award portion, will result in fewer, albeit larger Matching Grant Awards being given. The proposed rules also prohibit use of state appropriations and Facility and Administrative overhead as matching funds required by the program.

The proposed rules explicitly allow program funding for ongoing economic development activities. Furthermore, the proposed rules allow use of funds for professional development, informational materials, professional fees, and support of regional business retention and expansion.

IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)

The proposed rules aim to improve assistance to participating Economic Development Organizations in their business retention and recruitment efforts and correspondingly increase employment of Louisiana's citizens.

Donald M. Pierson, Jr.

Robert E. Hosse

Assistant Secratary

Staff Director

0810#094

Legislative Fiscal Office

NOTICE OF INTENT

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bulletin 118―Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices―End-of Course Tests (EOCT) (LAC 28:CXI.1801, 1803, 1805, 1807, 1809, 1811, 1813, 1815, and 1817)

In accordance with R.S. 49:950 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, notice is hereby given that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved for advertisement revisions to Bulletin 118Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices: §1801, Overview; §1803, Introduction; §1805, EOCT Development and Implementation Plan; §1807, Algebra I Test Structure; §1809, English II Test Structure; §1811, EOCT Achievement Levels; §1813, Performance Standards; §1815, Introduction; and §1817, EOCT Achievement Level Descriptors. The document will provide new and updated statewide test information and provide easy access to that information. It was necessary to revise the bulletin at this time to incorporate new and edited guidelines to the EOCT statewide assessment program. New policy language,

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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