Amendments bloat state constitution
• Revise funding requirements for future benefits to members of state retirement systems; and
• Provide a property tax exemption for jewelry held on consignment.
The state’s most recent constitution, our state’s 11th, adopted in 1974, began as a relatively slim work of about 35,000 words.
However, it has been amended 148 times in just 33 years. More striking is that Louisiana voters have voted against 62 more amendments. Last year alone, we voted on 21, the largest number since the new constitution was adopted. But, we haven’t defeated a proposed amendment in four years.