Louisiana Twenty-One Executive Departments, Amendment 11 (2014)

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Amendment 11
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature
Topic:Administration of government
Status:Defeated Defeatedd
2014 measures
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November 4
Amendment 1 Approveda
Amendment 2 Approveda
Amendment 3 Defeatedd
Amendment 4 Defeatedd
Amendment 5 Defeatedd
Amendment 6 Approveda
Amendment 7 Approveda
Amendment 8 Approveda
Amendment 9 Defeatedd
Amendment 10 Approveda
Amendment 11 Defeatedd
Amendment 12 Defeatedd
Amendment 13 Defeatedd
Amendment 14 Defeatedd
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The Louisiana Twenty-One Executive Departments, Amendment 11 was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have changed the maximum number of executive branch departments of the state government from 20 to 21.[1]

Since Amendment 11 failed, the constitution's prohibition on more than twenty executive departments survived. The purpose of this requirement, according to the Public Affairs Research Council, was "to consolidate government functions and to constrain the proliferation of departments and bureaucracies." The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill to create a Department of Elderly Affairs in 2013. However, 20 executive departments were already in existence. Amendment 11 would have changed the maximum number of executive departments to 21, thus allowing the state to establish the Department of Elderly Affairs.[2]

The amendment was sponsored in the Louisiana Legislature as House Bill 341.[1]

Election results

Louisiana Amendment 11
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No924,41370.18%
Yes 392,849 29.82%

Election results via: Louisiana Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The proposed ballot text read as follows:[1]

Do you support an amendment to change the maximum number of departments in the executive branch of state government from twenty to twenty-one? (Amends Article IV, Section 1(B))[3]

Constitutional changes

See also: Article IV, Louisiana Constitution

The proposed amendment would have amended Section 1(B) of Article IV of the Constitution of Louisiana:[1]

(B) Number of Departments. Except for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, all offices, agencies, and other instrumentalities of the executive branch and their functions, powers, duties, and responsibilities shall be allocated according to function within not more than twenty twenty-one departments. Except that no department may be created that has the powers, duties, and functions to perform or administer programs or services which are historically performed or administered by any other agency, office, or department of the state. The powers, functions, and duties allocated by this constitution to any executive office or commission shall not be affected or diminished by the allocation provided herein except as authorized by Section 20 of this Article.[3]


Support

A full list of legislators by how they voted on the amendment can be found here.

Arguments

The Public Affairs Research Council provided arguments for and against the constitutional amendment. The following was the council's argument in support:

Proponents of the amendment point to the growing elderly population. As the baby boomers become senior citizens, the need for elderly services will increase. It makes sense to have a department dedicated to that demographic. Consolidating these services in one department could provide cost savings and a higher coordination of care. Additional federal dollars might also become available for a consolidated department.[3]

—Public Affairs Research Council[2]

Opposition

A full list of legislators by how they voted on the amendment can be found here.

Arguments

The Public Affairs Research Council provided arguments for and against the constitutional amendment. The following was the council's argument against:

Adding another state department is a needless way to grow the size of government. While the additional cost of a new department will be minimal at first, bureaucracies tend to grow over time. There is no particular need for this expansion because services to the elderly are being provided by the appropriate functional departments, which in fact have the embedded resources to perform these services more efficiently than a newly created department. Thus, the state would have no additional provision of services but would have the cost of additional government bureaucracy.[3]

—Public Affairs Research Council[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution

A two-thirds majority vote was required in the Louisiana Legislature in order to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot. HB 341 was approved in the Louisiana Senate on June 2, 2014. The measure was approved by the Louisiana House on June 2, 2014. The measure was enrolled with the secretary of state on June 9, 2014.[4]

Senate vote

June 2, 2014 Senate vote

Louisiana HB 341 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 34 91.89%
No38.11%

House vote

June 2, 2014 House vote

Louisiana HB 341 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 85 97.70%
No22.30%

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