2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendments Explained

There are seven (7) constitutional amendments to the Louisiana Constitution that will be on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 election. Listed below are each amendment and an explanation of what a yes (for) or no (against) vote means.

Amendment 1 “Do you support an amendment declaring that, to
protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion
shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
State that nothing in the Constitution protects a right to abortion.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Leave the Constitution with no specific language on abortion.

Amendment 2 “Do you support an amendment to permit the
presence or production of oil or gas to be included in the methodology
used to determine the fair market value of an oil or gas well for the
purpose of property assessment?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Allow for a well’s oil and gas production when valuing it for property tax assessment.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Keep the current methods of oil and gas well assessment.

Amendment 3 “Do you support an amendment to allow for the
use of the Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day
Fund, for state costs associated with a disaster declared by the
federal government?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Allow the Budget Stabilization Fund to be tapped when there is a federally declared disaster.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Continue to restrict use of the Budget Stabilization Fund to revenue shortfalls.

Amendment 4 “Do you support an amendment to limit the
growth of the expenditure limit for the state general fund and
dedicated funds and to remove the calculation of its growth factor
from the Constitution?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Create a new state budget spending limit with probable slower growth.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Continue the current method for an expenditure limit.

Amendment 5 “Do you support an amendment to authorize local
governments to enter into cooperative endeavor ad valorem tax
exemption agreements with new or expanding manufacturing
establishments for payments in lieu of taxes?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Provide new options for manufacturers and local governments to schedule payments instead of property taxes for industrial expansions.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Leave the current system as the only set of options for property taxes, payments or exemptions for manufacturers.

Amendment 6 “Do you support an amendment to increase the
maximum amount of income a person may receive and still qualify
for the special assessment level for residential property receiving
the homestead exemption?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Allow homeowners with higher incomes to qualify for the property tax assessment freeze.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Keep the current income threshold for property tax freezes.

Amendment 7 “Do you support an amendment to create the
Louisiana Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund to preserve the
money that remains unclaimed by its owner or owners?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Protect unclaimed property money in a new trust fund.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Keep the current program that benefits the state general fund.

Proposition Shall sports wagering activities and operations be
permitted in the parish of Winn?

A VOTE FOR WOULD
Permit sports wagering in the voter’s parish.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD
Forbid sports wagering in the voter’s parish.

For an independent, non-partisan review of the amendments click below to read the Public Affairs Research Council’s PAR Guide to the 2020
Constitutional Amendments.


2 thoughts on “2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendments Explained

  1. It is already illegal to pay for abortion with state or federal money except when a life saving procedure is performed on a dying mother. This bill would take away that protection and would take the right or dying mothers to have life saving procedure should roe v wade be overturned. It would not protect victims of rape or incest. Hard pass on amendment 1! Vote no.

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