Louisiana Redemption of Blighted Property Amendment, HB 256 (2014)

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Redemption of Blighted Property Amendment, HB 256
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature
Topic:Property on the ballot
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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November 4
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The Louisiana Redemption of Blighted Property Amendment, HB 256 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would shorten the redemption period from three years to eighteen months for blighted, hazardous, uninhabitable or abandoned property sold at a tax sale due to the previous owner’s failure to pay property taxes.[1][2]

The bill was sponsored in the legislature by State Representative Patrick Williams (D-4) as House Bill 256.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The proposed ballot text reads as follows:[1]

Do you support an amendment providing for a twelve-month redemption period for property sold at tax sale which is blighted, abandoned, uninhabitable, or hazardous? (Effective January 1, 2015) (Amends Article VII, Section 25(B)(2))[3]

Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would amend Section 25(B)(2) of Article VII of the Constitution of Louisiana:[4]

(B) Redemption. (2) In the city of New Orleans, when When such property sold is residential or commercial property which is abandoned property as defined by R.S. 33:4720.12(1) or blighted property as defined by Act 155 of the 1984 Regular Session has been declared blighted, abandoned, uninhabitable, or hazardous pursuant to applicable law, it shall be redeemable for eighteen twelve months after the date of recordation of the tax sale by payment in accordance with Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph.[3]


The measure was introduced into the legislature by Rep. Patrick Williams (D-4).[1]


Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution

State Representative Patrick Williams (D-4) introduced a bill into the legislature to alter the constitution and put the measure before voters on March 26, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. HB 256 was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on April 29, 2013. HB 256 was approved by the Louisiana Senate on May 27, 2013.[1]

Senate vote

May 27, 2013 Senate vote

Lousiana HB 256 Senate Vote
Approveda Yes 33 91.67%

House vote

April 29, 2013 House vote

Lousiana HB 256 House Vote
Approveda Yes 90 100.00%

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Louisiana Legislature, "House Bill No. 256," accessed January 16, 2014
  2. The Times-Picayune, "Louisiana voters to decide on eight constitutional amendments in 2014," June 12, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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