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NOTICE
PROPOSED Constitutional Amendments
to be voted on at the
Open Primary/Congressional/Presidential Election
November 6, 2012
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CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored (House Bills) and underscored and boldfaced (Senate Bills) are additions.
Proposed Amendment No. 1
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 873
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SENATE BILL NO. 82
BY SENATOR BUFFINGTON AND REPRESENTATIVE HUNTER
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to add Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(g) of the Constitution of Louisiana, relative to the expenditure of state funds; to prohibit the limited redirection and transfer of funds from the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly in certain circumstances; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors; and provide a ballot proposition.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to add Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(g) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
ARTICLE VII
§10. Expenditure of State Funds
Section 10.
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(F) Projected Deficit.
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(4) The provisions of Subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this Paragraph shall not be applicable to, nor affect:
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(g) The Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly created under the provisions of R.S. 46:2691 et seq.
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Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at said election there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows: Do you support an amendment to prohibit monies in the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being used or appropriated for other purposes when adjustments are made to eliminate a state deficit? (Adds Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(g))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 2
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 874
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SENATE BILL NO. 303
BY SENATORS RISER, ADLEY, ALLAIN, AMEDEE, BUFFINGTON, CHABERT, CROWE, ERDEY, GUILLORY, JOHNS, KOSTELKA, LAFLEUR, MORRISH, NEVERS, PEACOCK, PERRY, GARY SMITH, JOHN SMITH, THOMPSON, WALSWORTH, WARD AND WHITE AND REPRESENTATIVES ADAMS, ANDERS, ARMES, BERTHELOT, STUART BISHOP, BROADWATER, BURFORD, HENRY BURNS, CARMODY, CHAMPAGNE, CHANEY, GAROFALO, GISCLAIR, GREENE, HARRIS, HAVARD, HENRY, HENSGENS, HODGES, HOFFMANN, HOLLIS, HUNTER, LAMBERT, LEOPOLD, LIGI, LORUSSO, MACK, MILLER, MONTOUCET, JAY MORRIS, JIM MORRIS, ORTEGO, PONTI, PYLANT, REYNOLDS, RICHARD, SCHEXNAYDER, SCHRODER, SEABAUGH, SIMON, TALBOT, THIBAUT, THOMPSON AND WHITNEY
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to amend Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Louisiana, relative to the right to keep and bear arms; to provide that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right; to provide for a strict scrutiny standard of review by the court; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors and provide a ballot proposition.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§11. Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Section 11. The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be abridged infringed. but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.
Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at said election there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows:
Do you support an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana to provide that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and any restriction of that right requires the highest standard of review by a court?
(Amends Article I, Section 11)
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 3
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 872
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SENATE BILL NO. 21
BY SENATOR GUILLORY
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to amend Article III, Section 2(A)(2), Article X, Section 29(C), and Article XIII, Section 1(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, relative to Acts of the legislature relative to public retirement systems; to provide relative to the prefiling deadline for retirement legislation; to provide relative to the public notice requirement for retirement legislation; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide a ballot proposition.
Notice of intention to introduce this Act has been published.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article III, Section 2(A)(2) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§2. Sessions
Section 2.(A) Annual Session.
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(2) Any bill to be introduced in either house shall be prefiled no later than five o'clock in the evening of the tenth calendar day prior to the first day of a regular session; thereafter no member of the legislature may introduce more than five bills, except as provided in the joint rules of the legislature. (a) No member of the legislature may introduce more than five bills that were not prefiled, except as provided in the joint rules of the legislature.
(b) Except as provided in Subsubparagraph (c) of this Subparagraph, any bill that is to be prefiled for introduction in either house shall be prefiled no later than five o'clock in the evening of the tenth calendar day prior to the first day of a regular session.
(c) Any bill to effect any change in laws relating to any retirement system for public employees that is to be prefiled for introduction in either house shall be prefiled no later than five o'clock in the evening of the forty-fifth calendar day prior to the first day of a regular session.
(d) The legislature is authorized to provide by joint rule for the procedures for passage of duplicate or companion instruments.
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Section 2. Be it further resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article X, Section 29(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§29. Retirement and Survivor's Benefits
Section 29.
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(C) Retirement Systems; Change; Notice. No proposal to effect any change in existing laws or constitutional provisions relating to any retirement system for public employees shall be introduced in the legislature unless notice of intention to introduce the proposal has been published, without cost to the state, in the official state journal on two separate days. The last day of publication shall be at least thirty sixty days before introduction of the bill. The notice shall state the substance of the contemplated law or proposal, and the bill shall contain a recital that the notice has been given.
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Section 3. Be it further resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article XIII, Section 1(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§1. Amendments
Section 1.(A)(1) Procedure. An amendment to this constitution may be proposed by joint resolution at any regular session of the legislature, but the resolution shall be prefiled, at least ten days before the beginning of the session or as provided in Subparagraph (2) of this Paragraph, in accordance with the rules of the house in which introduced. An amendment to this constitution may be proposed at any extraordinary session of the legislature if it is within the objects of the call of the session and is introduced in the first five calendar days thereof. If two-thirds of the elected members of each house concur in the resolution, pursuant to all of the procedures and formalities required for passage of a bill except submission to the governor, the secretary of state shall have the proposed amendment published once in the official journal of each parish within not less than thirty nor more than sixty days preceding the election at which the proposed amendment is to be submitted to the electors. Each joint resolution shall specify the statewide election at which the proposed amendment shall be submitted. Special elections for submitting proposed amendments may be authorized by law.
(2) Any joint resolution proposed at a regular session of the legislature which effects any change in constitutional provisions relating to any retirement system for public employees shall be prefiled no later than five o'clock in the evening of the forty-fifth calendar day prior to the first day of session.
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Section 4. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 5. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at said election there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows: Do you support an amendment to require legislation effecting any change to laws concerning retirement systems for public employees that is to be prefiled to be filed no later than forty-five days before the start of a regular legislative session and to require the completion of public notice requirements regarding legislation effecting such a change no later than sixty days before introduction of the bill? (Amends Article III, Section 2(A)(2), Article X, Section 29(C), and Article XIII, Section 1(A))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 4
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 875
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SENATE BILL NO. 337
BY SENATOR AMEDEE AND REPRESENTATIVES ADAMS, ARMES, BARRAS, BARROW, BERTHELOT, BILLIOT, BROADWATER, BROWN, TIM BURNS, CHAMPAGNE, CONNICK, CROMER, EDWARDS, FOIL, GAINES, GUILLORY, HARRIS, HARRISON, HAZEL, HENSGENS, HONORE, HOWARD, HUNTER, JOHNSON, JONES, LAMBERT, TERRY LANDRY, LEBAS, LORUSSO, MACK, JAY MORRIS, NORTON, ORTEGO, POPE, PYLANT, REYNOLDS, RITCHIE, SCHEXNAYDER, SIMON, THIBAUT AND PATRICK WILLIAMS
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to amend Article VII, Section 21(K)(1) of the Constitution of Louisiana, relative to ad valorem property tax exemptions of certain property owned by certain disabled veterans and their spouses; to provide for eligibility for claiming the exemption; to provide for an effective date; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors and provide a ballot proposition.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article VII, Section 21(K)(1) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§21. Other Property Exemptions
In addition to the homestead exemption provided for in Section 20 of this Article, the following property and no other shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation:
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(K)(1) In addition to the homestead exemption authorized under the provisions of Article VII, Section 20 of this constitution, which applies to the first seven thousand five hundred dollars of the assessed valuation of property, the next seven thousand five hundred dollars of the assessed valuation of property receiving the homestead exemption which that is owned and occupied by a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation. The surviving spouse of a deceased veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent shall be eligible for this exemption if the exemption was in effect on the property prior to the death of the veteran and the surviving spouse occupies and remains the owner of the property, whether or not the exemption was in effect on the property prior to the death of the veteran. If property eligible for the exemption provided for in this Paragraph has an assessed value in excess of fifteen thousand dollars, ad valorem property taxes shall apply to the assessment in excess of fifteen thousand dollars.
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Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall become effective January 1, 2013, and shall apply to exemptions adopted in parishes before and after its effective date.
Section 4. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at said election there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows:
Do you support an amendment to exempt from ad valorem taxation, in addition to the homestead exemption, the next seventy-five thousand dollars of value of property owned and occupied by the spouse of a deceased veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent who passed away prior to the enactment of the exemption. (Effective January 1, 2013)(Amends Article VII, Section 21(K)(1))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 5
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 868
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HOUSE BILL NO. 9
BY REPRESENTATIVES LIGI AND CHAMPAGNE
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to add Article X, Section 29(G) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to provide relative to public retirement systems and persons in such systems; to provide for legislative authority with respect to the forfeiture of retirement benefits by persons who are convicted of certain felonies; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
Notice of intention to introduce this Act has been published as provided by Article X, Section 29(C) of the Constitution of Louisiana.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to add Article X, Section 29(G) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§29. Retirement and Survivor's Benefits
Section 29.
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(G) Forfeiture of Retirement Benefits; Felony Convictions. The receipt of a public retirement benefit shall be expressly conditioned upon the rendition of honorable service by the public official or employee. Notwithstanding any provision of this constitution or of any home rule charter to the contrary, the legislature may provide for the forfeiture of all or part of the benefits from a public retirement system, plan, or fund in this state by any person who holds or held any public office or employment and who is convicted of a felony associated with and committed during his service in such public office or employment. The legislature may provide for the application of all or part of any forfeited benefits to the unfunded accrued liability of the system, plan, or fund. The provisions of this Paragraph shall be applied only to persons employed, re-employed, or elected on or after January 1, 2013. The provisions of this Paragraph shall be applied only to benefits earned on or after January 1, 2013.
Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at the election, there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows: Do you support an amendment to provide for the forfeiture of public retirement benefits by any public servant who is convicted of a felony associated with and committed during his public service? (Adds Article X, Section 29(G))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 6
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 869
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HOUSE BILL NO. 497
BY REPRESENTATIVE BARRAS AND
SENATOR MILLS
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to add Article VII, Section 21(L) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to authorize the governing authority of the city of New Iberia to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for certain property annexed by the city; to provide for the approval of contracts; to provide for certain contract limitations; to provide with respect to the assessment and taxation of property subject to a contract; to authorize the legislature to provide for implementation; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to add Article VII, Section 21(L) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§21. Other Property Exemptions
Section 21. In addition to the homestead exemption provided for in Section 20 of this Article, the following property and no other shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation:
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(L) Property in New Iberia under contract as provided in this Paragraph. Notwithstanding any provision of this constitution to the contrary, the governing authority of New Iberia may enter into contracts for the exemption from ad valorem taxes on property that is annexed by New Iberia after January 1, 2013. No such contract shall become effective unless it is approved by a two-thirds vote of the members of the governing authority of the city. A contract shall grant the property owner an exemption from ad valorem taxes for a period of up to five calendar years, and contracts may be renewed for up to five additional years if the renewal is approved by a two-thirds vote of the members of the governing authority. All property exempted pursuant to a contract shall be listed on the assessment rolls and submitted to the Louisiana Tax Commission or its successor, but no taxes shall be collected thereon during the period of exemption; however, the exemption authorized by this Paragraph shall in no way affect or impair the security of any bonds payable from the proceeds of a tax. The legislature may provide by law for implementation of the provisions of this Paragraph.
Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at the election, there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows:
Do you support an amendment to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the city of New Iberia for property annexed by the city after January 1, 2013? (Adds Article VII, Section 21(L))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 7
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 870
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HOUSE BILL NO. 524
BY REPRESENTATIVE TIM BURNS
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to amend Article VIII, Sections 5(B)(1), 6(B)(1), and 7(B)(1) and Article X, Sections 3(A) and 43(A) and to add Article VIII, Section 8(D) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to provide relative to the membership of constitutional boards and commissions that have members who are selected from congressional districts; to retain the existing number of members; to provide for implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article VIII, Sections 5(B)(1), 6(B)(1), and 7(B)(1) and to add Article VIII, Section 8(D) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§5. Board of Regents
Section 5.
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(B)(1) Membership; Terms. The board shall be composed of fifteen members, of whom two members shall be from each congressional district and one the remaining member or members shall be from the state at large appointed by the governor, with consent of the Senate, for overlapping terms of six years, following initial terms which shall be fixed by law. The board should be representative of the state's population by race and gender to ensure diversity.
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§6. Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System
Section 6.
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(B)(1) Membership; Terms. The board shall be composed of fifteen members, of whom two members shall be from each congressional district and one member the remaining member or members shall be from the state at large, appointed by the governor with consent of the Senate. The members shall serve overlapping terms of six years, following initial terms fixed by law.
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§7. Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College; Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
Section 7.
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(B)(1) Membership; Terms. Each board shall be composed of fifteen members, of whom two members shall be from each congressional district and one member the remaining member or members shall be from the state at large, appointed by the governor with consent of the Senate. The members shall serve overlapping terms of six years, following initial terms fixed by law.
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§8. Boards; Membership; Compensation; Congressional District Members
Section 8.
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(D) Congressional District Members. In order to implement the provisions of Subparagraphs 5(B)(1), 6(B)(1), 7(B)(1), and 7.1(B)(1) of this Article, beginning on January 3, 2013, and beginning every ten years thereafter on the day the members of congress from newly reapportioned congressional districts take office, any vacancy that occurs on the respective board from a congressional district from which there are two or more board members shall be filled by appointment of an individual from a congressional district from which there are less than two members. After the membership includes two members from each congressional district, the next vacancy shall be filled by an appointment from the state at large.
Section 2. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article X, Sections 3(A) and 43(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§3. State Civil Service Commission
Section 3.(A) Composition. The State Civil Service Commission is established and shall be domiciled in the state capital. It shall be composed of seven members who are electors of this state, four of whom shall constitute a quorum. No more than At least one appointed member shall be from each congressional district. In order to implement this requirement, every ten years beginning on the day the members of congress from newly reapportioned congressional districts take office, any vacancy that occurs on the commission shall be filled from a congressional district from which there is no commission member. Only when the membership includes a member from each congressional district may a vacancy be filled by an appointment from the state at large.
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§43. State Police Commission
Section 43.(A) Composition. The State Police Commission is established and shall be domiciled in the state capital. It shall be composed of seven members who are electors of this state, four of whom shall constitute a quorum. No more than At least one appointed member shall be from each congressional district. No appointed member shall concurrently serve on another board or commission whose purpose is similar to that of the State Police Commission. In order to implement this requirement, every ten years beginning on the day the members of congress from newly reapportioned congressional districts take office, any vacancy that occurs on the commission shall be filled from a congressional district from which there is no commission member. Only when the membership includes a member from each congressional district may a vacancy be filled by an appointment from the state at large.
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Section 3. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 4. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at the election, there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows: Do you support an amendment, relative to the membership of constitutional boards and commissions that have members who are selected from congressional districts, to retain the existing number of members and to provide for implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies first from under-represented districts and then from the state at large? (Amends Article VIII, Sections 5(B)(1), 6(B)(1), and 7(B)(1) and Article X, Sections 3(A) and 43(A); Adds Article VIII, Section 8(D))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 8
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 871
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HOUSE BILL NO. 674
BY REPRESENTATIVE ROBIDEAUX
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to add Article VII, Section 21(L) of the
Constitution of Louisiana, to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts to certain businesses which contain such terms and conditions as provided by law; to provide with respect to the assessment and taxation of property subject to a contract; to provide for effectiveness; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to add Article VII, Section 21(L) of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§21. Other Property Exemptions
Section 21. In addition to the homestead exemption provided for in Section 20 of this Article, the following property and no other shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation:
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(L)(1) Except as otherwise provided herein, property owned or leased by, and used by, a targeted non-manufacturing business in the operation of its facility, including buildings, improvements, equipment, and other property necessary or beneficial to such operation, according to a program and pursuant to contracts of exemption which contain such terms and conditions which shall be provided by law. Land underlying the facility and other property pertaining to the facility on which ad valorem taxes have previously been paid, inventories, consumables, and property eligible for the manufacturing exemption provided by Paragraph (F) of this Section, shall not be exempt under this Paragraph.
(2) Ad valorem taxes shall apply to the assessed valuation of the first ten million dollars or ten percent of fair market value, whichever is greater, and this amount of property shall not be exempt under this Paragraph.
(3) A targeted non-manufacturing business means at least fifty percent of such business' total annual sales from a site or sites in the state is to out-of-state customers or buyers, or to in-state customers or buyers but the product or service is resold by the purchaser to an out-of-state customer or buyer for ultimate use, or to the federal government, or any combination thereof. The legislature may provide by law for the inclusion of sales by affiliates when appropriate in making this fifty percent determination.
(4) A contract for the exemption shall be available only in parishes which have agreed to participate, in the manner provided by the legislature by law.
Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that the provisions of the amendment contained in this Joint Resolution shall become effective on January 1, 2013.
Section 4. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at the election, there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows:
Do you support an amendment to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the Board of Commerce and Industry for businesses located in parishes which have chosen to participate in a program established for the granting of such contracts? (Effective January 1, 2013) (Adds Article VII, Section 21(L))
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State
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Proposed Amendment No. 9
Regular Session, 2012
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Act No. 876
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SENATE BILL NO. 410
BY SENATOR CLAITOR
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to amend Article III, Section 13, of the Constitution of Louisiana, relative to local or special laws; to provide certain requirements prior to legislatively creating certain special districts; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors and provide a ballot proposition.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of Louisiana, two-thirds of the members elected to each house concurring, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state, for their approval or rejection in the manner provided by law, a proposal to amend Article III, Section 13 of the Constitution of Louisiana, to read as follows:
§13. Local or Special Laws; Notice of Intent; Publication
Section 13. (A) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, no No local or special law shall be enacted unless notice of the intent to introduce a bill to enact such a law has been published on two separate days, without cost to the state, in the official journal of the locality where the matter to be affected is situated. The last day of publication shall be at least thirty days prior to introduction of the bill. The notice shall state the substance of the contemplated law, and every such bill shall recite that notice has been given.
(B) No local or special law relative to the creation of a special district, the primary purpose of which includes aiding in crime prevention and adding to the security of district residents by providing for an increased presence of law enforcement personnel in the district or otherwise promoting and encouraging security in the district, shall be enacted unless notice of the intent to introduce such bill has been published on three separate days, without cost to the state, in the official journal of the locality where the special district is to be situated. The last day of publication shall be at least thirty days prior to introduction of the bill. The notice shall state the substance of the contemplated law, and shall specifically disclose whether the governing authority of the special district would be authorized by the contemplated law to impose and collect a parcel fee within the district, whether the parcel fee will be imposed or may be increased without an election, and the maximum amount of the parcel fee if a maximum amount is set forth in the contemplated law. Every such bill shall recite that the required notice has been given.
Section 2. Be it further resolved that this proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the state of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2012.
Section 3. Be it further resolved that on the official ballot to be used at said election there shall be printed a proposition, upon which the electors of the state shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana, which proposition shall read as follows: Do you support an amendment to provide that no law relative to the creation of a special district, the primary purpose of which includes aiding in crime prevention and security by providing for an increased presence of law enforcement personnel in the district or otherwise promoting and encouraging security in the district, shall be enacted unless three separate notices of the proposed law are published at least thirty days prior to introduction of the bill, which notice shall set forth the substance of the proposed law and whether the governing authority of the special district would be authorized to impose and collect a parcel fee within the district, whether the parcel fee will be imposed or may be increased without an election, and the maximum amount of such fee? (Amends Article III, Section 13)
A true copy:
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State

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