Government Entity Registries
Bond Registration ("Municipal Bonds")
Pursuant to La. R.S. 39:911, et seq., bonds issued by governing authorities are registered with the Secretary of State's Office. The secretary of state registers and countersigns the bonds. The fee per certificate of registration is $10. When the signature of a local official is filed, the fee is $10 per signature.
Proces Verbaux Program
La. R.S. 18:1400.1(C)(2) states, "In any special election called only by a local governing authority or only by a parish or city school board solely for the purpose of voting on a proposition under Chapter 6-A of this Title, a fee of ten dollars per certificate and two dollars per page shall be paid to the secretary of state for recording the proces verbal as required by La. R.S. 18:1293."
Pursuant to La. R.S. 18:1293, "the governing authority ordering the election shall preserve a proces verbal of the canvass. If the election affects ad valorem taxation, the governing authority shall include a copy of the notice of election and proof of publication of the notice in the proces verbal. The governing authority shall forward a copy of the proces verbal to the secretary of state, who shall record it. A copy also shall be forwarded to the clerk of the district court, and in Orleans Parish to the clerk of the civil district court, who shall record it in the mortgage records. A copy shall be retained in the archives of the office of the governing authority ordering the election."
After a proposition election, regardless of whether the proposition passes or fails, the governing authority shall forward the proces verbal to the secretary of state along with a check for the certificate(s) and number of pages, to the following address:
Louisiana Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
For additional information or to obtain copies of previously filed proces verbaux, please call the Publications Division at 225.922.0309 or send us a message.
Official Parish Journals
Pursuant to La. R.S. 43:150 and La. R.S. 43:174, the Secretary of State's Office maintains a list of the official parish journals. They are appointed for one-year term by the parish governing authorities. The list includes the name, address and phone number of the newspaper and the expiration date of the appointment.