The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment proposal on Wednesday that would ban the use of private money in the conduction of elections.
HB 311 stipulates that “[n]o funds, goods, or services donated by a foreign government or a nongovernmental source shall be used to conduct elections unless provided for in the election code and subject to restrictions provided by general law.” The measure successfully cleared the House (70-30) with the two-thirds majority support required to advance constitutional amendment proposals and will now head to the state Senate for consideration.
If ultimately approved by two-thirds of the state’s upper chamber, the proposed amendment would then require approval from Louisiana voters in order to ratify it and amend the state constitution. According to HB 311, the proposal would appear on the ballot for Louisiana’s Oct. 14 elections.
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