LA Voters To Consider Five Constitutional Amendments
Louisiana voters will have five constitutional amendments to vote on during the fall elections.
Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says the most high-profile amendment is the one that renews a 4-cent cigarette tax and dedicates more money for the TOPS scholarship program. The cigarette tax language was added to the TOPS amendment after Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed a separate bill that would have made the tax permanent. Erwin expects the measure to be pushed by health care advocates and others. The other amendments deal with the rainy day fund, public retirement systems, and prohibiting any new tax from being imposed on the sale or transfer of real estate. Erwin says that amendment will appear by itself on the November 19th ballot.