Constitutional amendments on Oct. 22 ballot
BATON ROUGE - Five proposed constitutional changes will appear on the Oct. 22 ballot.
The amendment that got the most attention would dedicate an annual stream of tobacco settlement money to the state's free college tuition program called TOPS. Linked to that is renewal of a 4-cent state sales tax on cigarettes, so if voters approve the TOPS funding, they'll also be backing the tax renewal.
Lawmakers connected the two to get around a veto from Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposed the tax renewal but pressed hard for the TOPS funding dedication.
Also on the list of proposals is a bid to change the rules of Louisiana's "rainy day" fund so the fund wouldn't have to be repaid as soon as it's used.