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PAR Releases “2003 Guide to the Proposed Constitutional Amendments”

PAR Releases “2003 Guide to the Proposed Constitutional Amendments”

Posted: 08/26/2003

Complete text of PAR’s 2003 Guide to the Constitutional Amendments

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc. (PAR) today released the “2003 Guide to the Proposed Constitutional Amendments,” which objectively explains the potential impact of each of the 15 proposals facing the public at the October 4 election.

“The ‘Guide’ is designed to help voters understand the propositions and determine for themselves whether to vote for or against each amendment,” said Jim Brandt, president of PAR.

Heading the list are three proposals dealing with potential funding sources for coastal restoration. Others deal with the state takeover of failing schools, project changes in the TIMED highway program, dedication of the lottery proceeds, the administrative law system, use of public funds for economic development (two), workers’ compensation corporation board membership, undoing drafting problems (two), legislative auditor political activity and judges’ retirement age.

“In order to make an informed decision on these proposals,” Brandt said, “voters will have to familiarize themselves with a variety of topics that, in some cases, involve complex and technical legal issues.”

The “Guide” provides a background for each of the proposals, describes the proposed changes and presents a commentary that includes the arguments of the proponents and any opponents of the proposal.

The 15 current proposals bring to a total of 184 the number of amendments Louisiana voters will have considered since the 1974 constitution was adopted. Thus far, voters have approved 111 amendments adding detailed language that has often undermined the concept of the constitution as basic law. “A comprehensive review of the constitution may be in order,” Brandt suggested, “particularly since the last thorough overhaul occurred thirty years ago.”

PAR members will receive a free copy of the “Guide to the Proposed Constitutional Amendments.” Others may order copies of the guide for $3.50 each by writing PAR at P.O. Box 14776, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-4776 or by calling (225) 926-8414. Special pricing is available for bulk orders. The “Guide” may also be accessed on PAR’s Web Site at: www.la-par.org.

Complete text of PAR’s 2003 Guide to the Constitutional Amendments
For More Information Contact:
Jim Brandt – President
225 926-8414 (ext. 21)

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