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Louisiana Statewide Elective Offices Vacancies Act, Amendment 12 (September 2006)

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Louisiana Amendment 12 (Primary), also known as the Filling of Vacancies in Statewide Elective Offices Act, was on the September 30, 2006 primary election ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1]

Election results

Amendment 12, Primary
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 412,682 69%
No189,26031%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

To be considered in the September 30, 2006 primary election. To provide for the filling of vacancies in the lieutenant governor's office and other statewide elective offices; to provide that if more than one year remains in the term, the person nominated by the governor and confirmed by the legislature to serve as lieutenant governor or the first assistant in other statewide elected offices, shall fill the vacancy only until the office can be filled at the next regular statewide or congressional election or until the governor is required to call a special election.

(Amends Article IV, Sections 15 and 16)

HOUSE BILL NO. 716, REGULAR SESSION, 2006

Present Constitution provides that if a vacancy occurs in the office of lieutenant governor, the governor shall nominate a lieutenant governor, who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of the elected members of each house of the legislature.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment additionally requires that if the unexpired term of the lieutenant governor exceeds 1 year, the person confirmed by the legislature shall serve as lieutenant governor only until the office is filled by election as provided in the proposed constitutional amendment below.

Present Constitution provides that a vacancy in a statewide elective office other than governor or lieutenant governor shall be filled by the first assistant. Further provides that if the unexpired term exceeds 1 year, the office shall be filled by election at the next regularly scheduled congressional or statewide election and the first assistant shall serve until the person elected takes office.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment additionally provides that if the unexpired term exceeds 1 year, the first assistant shall serve only until the person elected as provided in the proposed constitutional amendment below takes office.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment provides that if the unexpired term exceeds 1 year, the office shall be filled by election at the next regularly scheduled congressional or statewide election; however, if no such election date is available within 1 year of the vacancy, the office shall be filled by election at a special election called by the governor for such purpose.

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