What’s On Your Louisiana Ballot: 2018 Amendment 4
We are getting very close to this November's elections. Voting day is Tuesday November 6th, and early voting has already begun.
Since we're so close, we thought it would be a great chance to further explore some of what you'll see on this year's ballot. There are 6 proposed Constitutional Amendments in Louisiana this year.
The first one, Act 720 (or Proposition 4) is about allowing felons to seek office. Here's the text you'll see on your ballot:
“Do you support an amendment to remove authority to appropriate or dedicate monies in the Transportation Trust Fund to state police for traffic control purposes?”
So what does that mean? Here's the full text from the proposal:
Present Constitution provides that monies in the Transportation Trust Fund shall be appropriated or dedicated solely and exclusively for the costs for and associated with construction and maintenance of the roads and bridges of the state and federal highway systems, the Statewide Flood-Control Program or its successor, ports, airports, transit, state police for traffic control purposes, and the Parish Transportation Fund or its successor and for the payment of all principal, interest, premium, if any, and other obligations incident to the issuance, security, and payment in respect of bonds or other obligations payable from the trust fund.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment removes the authority to appropriate or dedicate monies in the Transportation Trust Fund to the state police for traffic control purposes.
A vote YES on this Amendment would be to remove the authority to take money from the state's Transportation Trust Fund, and give it to State Police. It does not eliminate the State Police budget, but just keeps the Transportation Trust Fund money for Transportation needs.
A vote NO on this Amendment means no change to current law.