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La. voters approve three, reject three amendments

La. voters approve three, reject three amendments

Voters returned mixed decisions on six proposals to change the Louisiana Constitution, approving three amendments and rejecting three.

With all local precincts and with 3,882 of 3,904 precincts across the state reporting, these are the results:

Amendment 1 will enact residency, education and experience qualifications for new registrars of voters.

Statewide, voters approved the amendment by a vote of 1,313,068 (or 73 percent) in favor and 495,828 (or 27 percent) against, with 59.8 percent turnout.

In Lafourche, voters approved the amendment by a vote of 27,542 (or 73 percent) in favor and 10,258 (or 27 percent) against, with 64.1 percent turnout.

Amendment 2 would have given Louisiana's four public college system management boards the authority to change tuition and fee rates on college campuses without needing approval from state lawmakers.

Statewide, voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 1,028,032 (or 57 percent) against and 773,127 (or 43 percent) for, with 59.6 percent turnout.

In Lafourche, voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 22,048 (or 59 percent) against and 15,564 (or 41 percent) for, with 63.8 percent turnout.

Amendment 3 would have done away with a tax break that allows businesses to deduct the federal income taxes they pay from their state tax liability. Corporations in exchange would be taxed at a flat rate of 6.5 percent, rather than varying rates from 4 percent to 8 percent, starting in 2017.

Statewide, voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 996,994 (or 56 percent) against and 780,570 (or 44 percent) for, with 58.8 percent turnout.

In Lafourche, voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 21,482 (or 58 percent) against and 15,710 (or 42 percent) for, with 63 percent turnout.

Amendment 4 will exempt the surviving spouses of military personnel, police officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty from having to pay local property taxes on their homes.

Statewide, voters approved the amendment by a vote of 1,281,904 (or 72 percent) in favor and 503,769 (or 28 percent) against, with 59 percent turnout.

In Lafourche, voters approved the amendment by a vote of 26,935 (or 72 percent) for and 10,412 (or 28 percent) against, with 63.3 percent turnout.

Amendment 5 will create a new Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund to be filled with oil and gas revenue and corporate taxes when those collections are higher than usual. Once the fund reaches $5 billion, up to 10 percent could be spent on construction projects and roadwork. Another portion of oil and gas money would pay down state retirement debt.

Statewide, voters approved the amendment by a vote of 937,262 (or 54 percent) in favor and 812,398 (or 46 percent) against, with 57.9 percent turnout.

In Lafourche, voters approved the amendment by a vote of 19,538 (or 53 percent) for and 17,234 (or 47 percent) against, with 62.3 percent turnout.

Amendment 6 would have made it easier for lawmakers to tap into protected funds when the state faces financial troubles.

Statewide, voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 1,007,157 (or 58 percent) against and 733,183 (or 42 percent) for, with 57.6 percent turnout.

In Lafourche, voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 20,812 (or 57 percent) against and 15,871 (or 43 percent) against, with 62.2 percent turnout.