Louisiana Legislature Convening Date, Amendment 1 (October 2010)
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The measure proposed moving the convening date of the state legislature in even numbered years to the second Monday in March and in odd years to the second Monday in April. The effective date was January 1, 2012.
|Louisiana Amendment 1 (October 2010)|
Text of measure
The ballot text read as follows:
To move the convening of the legislature in annual regular session in even numbered years to the second Monday in March and in odd-numbered years to the second Monday in April and to change the effective date of legislation enacted at such sessions to August first. (Effective January 1, 2012.) (Amends Article III, Sections (A)(3)(a) and (4)(a) and 19)
Legislatures in support of the measure noted that only Florida started their legislative session as late as March, most states began in January. They argued that convening earlier just made the session more efficient. According to the proposal the Legislature would still be in session the same amount of days. The measure also made it so that laws went into effect the 1st of August, instead of the current date the 15th of August.
Opposition to the measure noted that it should not take a constitutional amendment in order for legislature to end the session too late.
Media editorial positions
- The Times-Picayune supported Amendment 1. In an editorial, the board said, "Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, hoped to have the Legislature start its sessions in January to allow for better management of the state budget, which goes into effect on July 1 each year...The senator only got legislators to agree to move the opening date up by a couple of weeks, but the change still makes sense. It would at least provide a little more time for implementing the budget."
- The Louisiana Weekly was in favor of this measure because it would make it easier for the state departments to know if there will be changes in their budgets prior to funds being needed.
- The Shreveport Times was also in favor because they said often legislative session went until the end of June and like others felt it was too close to the next fiscal year to be effective for government agencies.
- The Town Talk was against this measure because they said they felt that lawmakers should finish earlier without making amendments to the constitution.
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify for the ballot the proposed measure required the approval of 2/3rds of the members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature.
- Louisiana votes, both Amendments approved
- Louisiana early voting ends, state gears up for October 2 election
- Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Guide To The Constitutional Amendments (dead link)
- Louisiana Constitutional Amendments for consideration in 2010 (dead link)
- Senate Bill 5, full text (dead link)
- Louisiana Legislature, "Senate Bill NO. 5," accessed August 20, 2010 (dead link)
- Louisiana Legislature, "Election 2010 constitutional amendments," accessed May 7, 2010 (dead link)
- Louisiana Election Results
- The Times-Picayune, "Two amendments to state Constitution will be on Oct. 2 ballot," September 17, 2010
- The Town Talk, "Our View: No need for 2 amendments to La. Constitution," September 29, 2010
- The Times-Picayune, "Times-Picayune recommendation on Constitutional amendments in Oct. 2 ballot: An editorial," September 20, 2010
- The Louisiana Weekly, "Saturday, October 2 Endorsements," September 27, 2010
- Shreveport Times, "Editorial: Vote for two state amendments Oct. 2," September 25, 2010
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