Louisiana Retirement Benefits, Amendment 5 (2012)
|Retirement Benefits Amendment|
|Referred by:||Louisiana State Legislature|
The measure allowed 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.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Louisiana Amendment 5 (2012)|
Official results via the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.
Text of measure
The official ballot text read as follows:
|“||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?||”|
No formal support was identified.
No formal opposition was identified.
Media editorial positions
- 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."
Path to the ballot
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.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments," accessed August 17, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Advocate, "Our Views: Our position on amendments 3, 4 & 5," November 2, 2012