Constitutional Amendment 1 on November 18th ballot

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Amendment 1 on the November 18th ballot seeks to clarify language on how a governor can convene a veto session if, for example, a special session is underway.

“And this would just clarify and say hey look then they can have the veto override vote in whatever session they happen to be in they wouldn’t have to adjourn, then have the veto session and then readjourn,” said Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Steven Procopio.

The current language was adopted in 1974 but there wasn’t a veto session until 2021, so it wasn’t clear how to reconsider vetoed bill.

“This amendment essentially says if a veto session would end up in the middle of another session, then they could have the veto override vote in whatever session they happen to be in,” said Procopio.

And with a predicted voter turnout of only fifteen percent for the November 18th election, the fate of the four constitutional amendments is anybody’s guess. But when it comes to Amendment 1 Procopio said…

“Probably something that should have been figured out a long time ago, but it was never an issue until recently,” said Procopio.

 

For a PAR guide on the four amendments click here.

 

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