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Amendment No. 3 could impact timeline for filing bills

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. It is one in a series of articles by PAR that the Daily Leader will print relating to the proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Today’s article focuses on Constitutional Amendment No. 3. Articles may be edited for space.

Legislators who file bills before a regular legislative session must do so no later than 10 calendar days before the first day of the session. This is known as prefiling. Usually, prefiled bills are formally introduced on the first day of a session. A legislator may file five bills during a session and the Legislature’s rules make certain exceptions to allow more. Also, any proposed amendment to the Constitution must be prefiled at least 10 calendar days before the start of a legislative session.

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