St. Mary Parish voters tracked state vote on amendments

MORGAN CITY, La.-- Louisiana and St. Mary Parish voters voted “yes” on all but one constitutional amendment according to the Secretary of State’s unofficial results with all precincts reporting.

Parish and state voters only voted “no” on Amendment No. 6, which would have authorized the city of New Iberia to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for property annexed by the city after Jan. 1, 2013.

The state voted against the amendment by 58 percent, and the parish voted against it by 55 percent as of Wednesday morning.

The state and parish voted “yes” on all other amendments.

On Amendment No. 1, the state voted in favor by 71 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 79 percent. The amendment will prohibit money in the Medicaid Trust Fund from being used for other purposes.

On Amendment No. 2, the state voted in favor by 73 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 81 percent. The amendment will require any restriction on the right to bear arms to meet the highest standard of review by a court.

On Amendment No. 3, the state voted in favor by 64 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 62 percent. The amendment will require a legislative filing period deadline of 45 days prior to the start of a regular legislative filing period deadline of 45 days prior to the start of a regular legislative session to change public employee retirement systems.

On Amendment No. 4, the state voted in favor by 74 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 80 percent. The amendment will give a $75,000 ad valorem tax exemption, in addition to the homestead exemption, to the spouse of a deceased veteran, for property the spouse owns and occupies, with a service-connected disability rating of 100 percent who died prior to the enactment of the exemption.

On Amendment No. 5, the state voted in favor by 70 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 69 percent. The amendment will require any public servant convicted of a felony, associated with and committed during public service, to forfeit public retirement benefits.

On Amendment No. 7, the state voted in favor by 61 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 65 percent. The amendment will retain the existing number of members and allow implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies from under-represented districts first and then from the state at large.

On Amendment No. 8, the state voted in favor by 52 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 59 percent. The amendment will allow the Board of Commerce and Industry to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for businesses in parishes that have chosen to participate in a program granting such contracts.

On Amendment No. 9, the state voted in favor by 56 percent, and the parish voted in favor by 63 percent. The amendment will provide additional notice to the public when the formation of a crime prevention district is contemplated in an area. Many districts have been legislatively formed with taxpayers learning about it only when a request for taxes appears on their ballot.

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