Guides released explaining amendments on Nov. 8 and Dec. 10 ballots


The Times will provide detailed guides on each amendment, one in each edition, beginning
Oct. 1 and leading up to the election

Voters are asked to consider 11 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 8 ballot. Though it’s not a record number, the list was long enough that lawmakers split them across the Nov. 8 and Dec. 10 ballots at the request of elections officials.
As if the large number wasn’t enough, voters will have to do their homework to understand some of the issues proposed, which range from trust fund stock investments and property tax changes to civil service regulations and Senate confirmation rules for certain gubernatorial appointees.
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), a nonpartisan educational and research organization, has provided detailed reports on the constitutional amendments. Their guide reviews each proposal on the ballots in the order they will appear before voters. The guide does not make recommendations about how to vote, but offers analysis and provides arguments of supporters and opponents of each proposal for voters to make their own decisions.
The 11 amendments include five passed by lawmakers in the 2021 regular legislative session and six passed in the regular legislative session earlier this year. Each proposal had to receive a two-thirds favorable vote in the House and Senate to reach the ballot. Now, each amendment needs a majority vote at the polls to get enacted.
See Page 12A for initial amendment checklist.