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Louisiana voters to decide felon rights, gas tax spending

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, October 31 2018 Oct 31, 2018 October 31, 2018 11:05 AM October 31, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana voters have six constitutional changes to consider on the Nov. 6 ballot, dealing with felons' rights, property taxes, and state gasoline tax spending.

Advertising money and grassroots interest have centered on Amendment 2, to determine whether Louisiana requires unanimous verdicts for all felony convictions. But other constitutional amendments are awaiting decisions. The amendments would make convicted felons in Louisiana wait five years after serving their sentences before they can run for office; let local government agencies share public equipment and staff; and prohibit using gas tax dollars for state police operations.

On property taxes, one amendment would extend special property tax assessments to homes placed in a trust, and another would require a four-year phase-in of higher taxes when a reappraisal boosts a home value more than 50 percent.

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