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Rs 13:783 Expenses Of Clerk's Office

§783. Expenses of clerk's office

A. The clerk shall employ all necessary deputies and assistants, fix and pay their

salaries, and defray all expenses out of the clerk's salary fund.

B. The police jury of the parish of Plaquemines may pay the clerk of court and ex-officio recorder for the parish of Plaquemines such additional expenses as it may deem

necessary.

C. The clerk shall not be required to pay the court reporter out of the clerk's salary

fund or the amounts allowed to the clerk out of the clerk's salary fund for expenses. If he is

not paid by the clerk, unless his compensation is otherwise fixed by law, the court reporter

may collect the fees allowed by law for his services.

D.(1)(a)(i) Each of the clerks of the district courts is hereby authorized to purchase,

out of any surplus in his salary fund, an automobile for the use of his office, after having first

obtained the consent of the governing authority of the parish.

(ii) However, the consent of the governing authority shall not be necessary as to any

clerk of court who prior to July 29, 1970, has purchased an automobile under authority of any

previously enacted law.

(iii) The clerks of the district courts in East Feliciana Parish, West Feliciana Parish,

and St. Landry Parish shall be exempt from obtaining consent from the governing authority

to purchase an automobile for office use.

(b) Each of the clerks of court is hereby authorized to purchase insurance for the

automobile with any insurance company authorized to do business under the laws of this

state and to pay the premiums on the insurance out of his salary fund.

(2) In addition to the automobile authorized to be purchased in the above Paragraph,

the clerk of court of Lafayette Parish may purchase, out of any surplus in his salary fund, an

additional automobile for the use of his office. Such automobile shall also be purchased in

accordance with the provisions set forth in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection.

(3) In addition to the automobile authorized to be purchased in Paragraph (1) of this

Subsection, the clerk of court of Caddo Parish may purchase, out of his salary fund, an

additional automobile for the use of his office. Such automobile and insurance therefor shall

also be purchased in accordance with the provisions set forth in Paragraph (1) of this

Subsection.

(4) In addition to the automobile authorized to be purchased in Paragraph (1), the

clerk of court of Calcasieu Parish may purchase, out of any surplus in his salary fund, in an

amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars, an additional automobile for the use of his office.

Such automobile and insurance therefor shall also be purchased in accordance with the

provisions set forth in Paragraph (1).

(5) In addition to the automobile authorized to be purchased in Paragraph (1), the

clerk of court of Livingston Parish may purchase, out of any surplus in his salary fund, in an

amount not to exceed nineteen thousand five hundred dollars, an additional automobile for

the use of his office. Such automobile and insurance therefor shall also be purchased in

accordance with the provisions set forth in Paragraph (1).

(6) The clerk of court for East Baton Rouge Parish is hereby authorized to purchase

or lease the automobile authorized by Paragraph (1) of this Subsection and, in addition, is

authorized to purchase or lease one additional automobile for the transportation of

employees, documents, equipment, or other items related to the office of the clerk or for use

for any purpose related to the operation of the office of the clerk of court. The purchase price

or lease payments of an automobile authorized in this Paragraph, including the automobile

insurance premiums on that automobile, shall be payable out of the clerk's salary fund. The

automobile insurance shall be obtained from an insurance company authorized by law to do

business in this state.

(7) The clerk of each district court may receive an automobile expense allowance

equal to fifteen percent of their annual salary provided the clerk of court maintains three

hundred thousand dollars of automobile insurance per accident for bodily injury and one

hundred thousand dollars of automobile insurance per accident for property damage. The

expense allowance shall come from surplus funds in each of the offices of the clerks of court

and at no additional expense to the state or local governing authority.

E. Each of the clerks of the district courts is authorized to purchase, out of any

surplus in his salary fund, uniforms for his deputies and assistants.

F.(1) Each of the clerks of the district courts is authorized to contract separately or

through the insurance committee that administers the clerk's insurance fund of the Louisiana

Clerks of Court Association to obtain from any insurance company authorized to do business

in this state, group life and accidental death and dismemberment, group health, accident,

dental, hospital, surgical, or other medical expense and group disability insurance. This

insurance may cover the clerk of court, the clerk's employees, dependents of the clerk and

the dependents of the clerk's employees.

(2) The clerk may pay from the clerk's salary and expense fund the cost of insurance

authorized to be contracted for by this Subsection for the clerk, his employees, and

dependents of the clerk and the clerk's employees. No reduction of the insured's contribution

shall be made on insurance contracts presently in effect. All costs for group insurance paid

out of the clerk's salary and expense fund shall be included in each clerk's budget. The clerk

or clerk's employee shall pay any portion of the insurance cost that is not paid from the

clerk's salary and expense fund.

(3) The clerk or any clerk's employee that retires under the clerks of court retirement

program may elect to continue insurance coverage obtained under this Subsection and the

costs may be paid in the same manner as if he were still employed provided that the clerk or

clerk's employee was a clerk or clerk's employee and a member of the Louisiana Clerks' of

Court Retirement and Relief Fund for at least twelve years prior to retirement.

(4) The clerk may pay any fee for the cost of administering the clerk's insurance fund

that is charged participating members. This fee may be paid from the clerk's salary and

expense fund.

(5) Any insurance cost to be paid by the clerk or the clerk's employee may be

deducted directly from their salaries if so authorized. The clerk shall remit these

contributions to the clerk's insurance fund when the insurance contracts are administered by

that fund, or directly to any insurance company with which the clerk has contracted

separately.

(6) In the parishes of Beauregard, East Carroll, Jefferson Davis, Rapides, Richland,

and Vernon, the clerk of court shall pay, from the clerk's salary fund, one hundred percent

of the premium costs of the group life and accidental death and dismemberment, group

health, accident, dental, hospital, surgical, or other medical expense for any employee that

retires from the Beauregard Parish clerk of court's office, the East Carroll Parish clerk of

court's office, the Jefferson Davis Parish clerk of court's office, the Rapides Parish clerk of

court's office, the Richland Parish clerk of court's office, or the Vernon Parish clerk of court's

office who is entitled to receive monthly benefits from the Louisiana Clerks' of Court

Retirement and Relief Fund and has at least twenty years of full-time service with the clerk

of court's office in Beauregard Parish, East Carroll Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Rapides

Parish, Richland Parish, or Vernon Parish. The provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply

to any other insurance, such as supplemental insurance, that an employee may elect to

purchase.

(7) In the parishes of Avoyelles, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Cameron, Franklin,

Grant, LaSalle, Ouachita, Terrebonne,Webster, and Winn, the clerk of court shall pay, from

the clerk's salary fund, one hundred percent of the premium costs of the group life and

accidental death and dismemberment, group health, accident, dental, hospital, surgical, or

other medical expense insurance for any employee that retires from the Avoyelles Parish

clerk of court's office, Bossier Parish clerk of court's office, the Caddo Parish clerk of court's

office, the Caldwell Parish clerk of court's office, the Cameron Parish clerk of court's office,

the Franklin Parish clerk of court's office, the Grant Parish clerk of court's office, the LaSalle

Parish clerk of court's office, the Ouachita Parish clerk of court's office, the Terrebonne

Parish clerk of court's office, the Webster Parish clerk of court's office, or the Winn Parish

clerk of court's office who is entitled to receive monthly benefits from the Louisiana Clerks'

of Court Retirement and Relief Fund, who has at least twenty years of full-time service with

the clerk of court's office in Avoyelles Parish, Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish, Caldwell Parish,

Cameron Parish, Franklin Parish, Grant Parish, LaSalle Parish, Ouachita Parish, Terrebonne

Parish, Webster Parish, or Winn Parish, and who is at least fifty-five years of age. The

provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply to any other insurance, such as supplemental

insurance, that an employee may elect to purchase.

(8) The clerk of court of East Baton Rouge Parish shall pay from the clerk's salary

fund one hundred percent of the premium costs of the group life and accidental death and

dismemberment, group health, accident, dental, hospital, surgical, or other medical expense

insurance for any clerk or employee that retires from the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of

court's office who is entitled to receive monthly benefits from the Louisiana Clerks' of Court

Retirement and Relief Fund, who has at least twelve years of full-time service with the clerk

of court's office in East Baton Rouge Parish, and who is at least fifty-five years of age. The

provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply to any other insurance, such as supplemental

insurance, that any clerk or any employee may elect to purchase.

(9) The clerk of court of St. James Parish, provided sufficient amounts are available,

shall pay from the clerk's salary fund one hundred percent of the premium costs of the group

life and accidental death and dismemberment, group health, accident, dental, hospital,

surgical, or other medical expense insurance for any clerk or employee that retires from the

St. James Parish clerk of court's office who is entitled to receive monthly benefits from the

Louisiana Clerks' of Court Retirement and Relief Fund, who has at least twenty years of full-time service with the clerk of court's office in St. James Parish, and who is at least fifty-five

years of age. The provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply to any other insurance, such

as supplemental insurance, that an employee may elect to purchase.

Acts 1950, No. 454, §1; Acts 1956, No. 467, §1; Acts 1968, No. 121, §1; Acts 1969,

No. 166, §1; Acts 1970, No. 152, §1; Acts 1972, No. 323, §1; Acts 1976, No. 53, §1; Acts

1990, No. 64, §1; Acts 1991, No. 561, §1; Acts 1993, No. 615, §1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess.,

No. 43, §1, eff. July 1, 1994; Acts 1997, No. 519, §1, eff. July 3, 1997; Acts 2000, 1st Ex.

Sess., No. 101, §1, eff. April 17, 2000; Acts 2006, No. 670, §1; Acts 2007, No. 423, §1; Acts

2009, No. 471, §1, eff. July 9, 2009; Acts 2010, No. 170, §1; Acts 2010, No. 183, §1; Acts

2010, No. 422, §1; Acts 2011, No. 176, §1, eff. June 24, 2011; Acts 2012, No. 376, §1; Acts

2012, No. 467, §1; Acts 2013, No. 232, §1; Acts 2013, No. 344, §1; Acts 2013, No. 373, §1;

Acts 2014, No. 537, §1; Acts 2014, No. 593, §1; Acts 2015, No. 178, §1; Acts 2015, No.

179, §1; Acts 2017, No. 31, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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