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Louisiana Blighted Property Act, Amendment 6 (2008)

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The Louisiana Blighted Property Act, or Louisiana Proposed Amendment 6, passed the state legislature as House Bill 295.

This measure is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

Election results

Amendment 6 (2008)
Defeatedd No786,93350.51%
Yes 771,051 49.49%

Election Results via:Louisiana Secretary of State

Specific Provisions

If it had passed, the measure would have:

  • Amended the Louisiana Constitution to provide an exception to requirements of first refusal by the owner prior to sale and certain procedures for declaration of property as surplus property when property is taken for the public purpose of removal of a threat to public healthy or safety.[1]

Civil liberties perspective

In Tom Head's review of 2008 ballot measures from a civil liberties perspective, he says, "SB 295 would eliminate restrictions on eminent domain seizure of property deemed "blighted," a designation that is often applied to minority-owned and/or low-income property regardless of its condition," also indicating a concern with HB 461, also on the ballot this fall.[2]

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