Louisiana Twenty-One Executive Departments, Amendment 11 (2014)
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.
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.
|Louisiana Amendment 11|
Election results via: Louisiana Secretary of State
Text of measure
The proposed ballot text read as follows:
|“||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))||”|
- See also: Article IV, Louisiana Constitution
|(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 |
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.||”|
—Public Affairs Research Council
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.||”|
—Public Affairs Research Council
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.
June 2, 2014 Senate vote
|Louisiana HB 341 Senate Vote|
June 2, 2014 House vote
|Louisiana HB 341 House Vote|
- Louisiana Legislature, "House Bill No. 341," accessed June 13, 2014
- Public Affairs Research Council, "Guide to the 2014 Constitutional Amendments," accessed September 12, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Louisiana Legislature, "HB341 Bill Info," accessed June 13, 2014
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