Louisiana Retirement Benefits, Amendment 5 (2012)

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Retirement Benefits Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Louisiana Constitution
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature
Topic:Law
Status:Approveda
The Louisiana Retirement Benefits Amendment was on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment were it was approved. The measure allows the legislature to deny retirement benefits to any public employee or official who commits a felony related to their office. The measure was sent to the ballot during the 2012 state legislative session as HB 9.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

Election results will be posted here throughout the day on November 7 and in the days to come as additional votes are counted.

Louisiana Amendment 5
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,228,793 70.27%
No519,93629.73%

All 4,267 precincts reporting. However, pending final certification of election results.

Results via the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[1]

Do you support an amendment to provide for the forfeiture of public retirement benefits by any public servant who is convicted of a felony associated with and committed during his public service?

Media editorial positions

Opposition

  • The Advocate said, "There is a reasonable concern that, after a modest period of incarceration, high-profile public officials benefit from their pensions. As Ligi notes, that is offensive to the general public.

This amendment, though, gives an unreasonable impression that it is striking a significant blow to public corruption. It really does not. We urge voters to reject the amendment."[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Louisiana legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment required a two-thirds vote from members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature to be placed on the statewide ballot.

See also

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Additional reading

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