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Eight Statewide Ballot Measures Certified to Appear on the Fall 2023 Ballot

June 15, 2023 9:30 AM | Anonymous

The Louisiana Legislature concluded its legislative session for 2023 on June 8. During this session, seven constitutional amendments were passed, adding to the existing one that was referred to the 2023 ballot in the Legislature’s 2022 session. Altogether, there will be eight amendments on the statewide ballot for 2023.

A two-thirds vote is required in each chamber of the Legislature to refer a legislatively proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot for voter consideration. The governor’s signature is not required. PAR (Public Affairs Research Council) and CABL (Council for a Better Louisiana) will have a more in-depth look at the amendments and the ballot language closer to the fall elections.

Four amendments will be on the Oct. 14 ballot and four will be on the Nov. 18 ballot.

On Oct. 14, voters will decide the following constitutional amendments:

  • An amendment to provide that the freedom to worship in a church or other place of worship is a fundamental right deserving the highest level of protection.
  • An amendment to prohibit nonprofit organizations from receiving property tax exemptions if they own residential properties that pose a danger to public health or safety due to disrepair.
  • An amendment to require a minimum allocation of 25% of nonrecurring state revenue to address the unfunded liability of the state retirement system.
  • An amendment to prohibit the utilization of funds, goods and services donated by foreign governments or nongovernmental sources in conducting elections.

On Nov. 18, voters will decide the following constitutional amendments:

  • An amendment to provide that the Legislature has the authority to consider vetoed bills during regular or extraordinary sessions instead of convening a separate veto session.
  • An amendment to allow the Legislature, through a two-thirds supermajority vote, to utilize up to $250 million from the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund to address a budget deficit.
  • An amendment to authorize local governments to grant an additional property tax exemption of up to $2,500 for first responders.
  • An amendment to repeal constitutional provisions that establish various inactive state funds and permit the transfer of remaining funds to the state general fund. 
Source: The Daily Report and The Center Square


 
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