Voters across Louisiana will decide the fate of six proposed constitutional amendments to the state Constitution in the Nov. 6 election. Though not a proposed change to the state Constitution, voters in each parish will decide whether to allow online sports betting in their respective parish. Early voting begins Oct. 23 and runs through Oct. 30.
Below is a brief explanation about each proposed constitutional amendment as well as the online betting item. Our recommendation on each proposed amendment and the betting item is offered too.
Amendment No. 1:
Felons in public office
A vote FOR would constitutionally prohibit convicted non-pardoned felons from seeking or holding public office until five years after completion of sentence.
A vote AGAINST would allow convicted felons to continue to qualify to hold office after serving a sentence.
Vote YES on Amendment No. 1.
Amendment No. 2:
Unanimous juries for felony cases
A vote FOR would require unanimous jury decisions for verdicts in non-capital felony cases for offenses committed after 2018.
A vote AGAINST would maintain that at least 10 of 12 jurors must agree for verdicts in non-capital felony cases.
Vote NO on Amendment No. 2.
Amendment No. 3:
Allow local governments to share resources
A vote FOR would allow donations of the use of public equipment and personnel from one political subdivision to another under the Constitution.
A vote AGAINST would continue to require that local governments receive comparable value for any donation provided to another governmental entity.
Vote YES on Amendment No. 3.
Amendment No. 4:
Diversions of dedicated transportation funding to state police
A vote FOR would remove the state police’s authority to use money in the Transportation Trust Fund for traffic control purposes.
A vote AGAINST would allow state police to continue to use a portion of the Transportation Trust Fund for traffic control purposes.
Vote YES for Amendment No. 4.
Amendment No. 5:
Tax exemptions for property in trust
A vote FOR would extend eligibility for certain special property tax treatments to property held in trust.
A vote AGAINST would keep eligibility for certain special property tax treatment restricted to the owner of the property.
Vote YES on Amendment No. 5.
Amendment No. 6:
Large tax increases on homes
A vote FOR would require a four-year phase-in of tax liability for homes subject to the homestead exemption when a reappraisal increases assessments by more than 50 percent.
A vote AGAINST would continue to require all homeowners to pay taxes owed on the same basis according to the assessed values.
Vote YES on Amendment No. 6.
The Louisiana Fantasy Sports Contests Act
A vote FOR would permit online fantasy sports betting contests in the voter’s parish.
A vote AGAINST would not allow online fantasy sports betting contests in the voter’s parish.
Vote YES on the Louisiana Fantasy Sports Contests Act.