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Records of the
Louisiana Constitutional

Convention of 1973:
Convention Instruments



PERMANENT HISTORICAL DOCUMENT
HOUSE RESEARCH LIBRARY



VOLUME FOUR



by

LOUISIANA CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION RECORDS COMMISSION



Moise W. Dennery, Chairman
A. Edward Hardin, Coordinator of Research



Copyright © 1976 by the
LOUISIANA CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION RECORDS COMMISSION



LOUISIANA CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION RECORDS COMMISSION



MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION:

Chairman Moise W. Dennerj- A. Edward Hardin, Coordinator of Research

Vice-Chairman David R. Poynter

Chris J. Roy

Max N. Tobias. Jr.

Mark T. Carleton

Louis E. Newman

W. Lee Hargrave

C. B. ElUs

Thomas Jacques

Donald J. Lemieux

Norma M. Duncan

SaUie Farrell (February, 1975 - June, 1975)



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NOTES ON THE DOCUMENTS



Nature and Source

The documents reproduced in this volume are the formal instruments introduced in the
Constitutional Convention in plenary session and used in the conduct of its deliberations. Two
types of instruments were provided for in the Convention Rules of Procedure Nos. 37 and 38.
Proposals were "any original suggestion, proposition, or draft intended to become part of the
Constitution. ..." Other Convention matters ndt intended to become part of the Constitution
were designated as Resolutions. These two types of instruments were further designated as
either Committee or Delegate, depending on their origin with a committee or an individual
delegate or group of delegates.

As reproduced here, the instruments appear as they did in the indicated format, reduced in
size, maintaining original pagination and line numbers. This method of reproduction was
utilized in order to maximize the utility of this volume as a research tool when used in conjunc-
tion with the Jminial and Transcripts of Proceedings. In using this volume, care should be
taken to refer to the correct version of the instrument in question because many instruments
appear in several different forms representing the progress of the instrument in the Conven-
tion deliberative process. A Proposal may appear- in this volume in one or more of the following
forms: Original, Printed, Reprinted as Engrossed, Reprinted as Reengrossed, First Enroll-
ment, or Final Enrollment. Resolutions follow this same pattern but, because they dealt with
"general convention business" as opposed to potential constitutional matter, they did not follow
the more elaborate procedures utilized in consideration of proposals. The description of the
various versions of Convention instruments below apply to both Proposals and Resolutions
unless otherwise noted.



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INSTRUMENT FORMAT, DESCRIPTION AND CONVENTION FUNCTION

Original

The instrument, usually in a standard typescript format, as introduced in the Convention.

Printed

A typeset version of the original instrument given general circulation to delegates, staff
and the general public. When an instrument had been introduced and refeired to committee for
consideration, the Pi-inted Resolution or Proposal was employed for the amending process.
Most committee amendments were offered to this version of the instrument.

Reprinted as Engrossed

When reported by the committee to which it wag referred for consideration and after the
adoption of committee amendments, apro forma function, the instrument was ordered engros-
sed and passed to its third reading. The resulting instrument, incorporating any committee
amendments adopted by the Convention, was printed and circulated in the same fashion as the
Printed.

This instrument was used during the floor debates on final passage of the Proposal or
Resolution. Frequently Resolutions did not advance to this stage because of rules suspensions
which allowed immediate consideration and adoption of the resolution following the report of
the committee. Proposals, with few exceptions, followed the normal processes to final passage
consideration.

Consideration of Proposals on third reading and final passage was seriatim, section by
section, as provided by Rule 45.

Reprinted as Reengrossed

If a Proposal was recommitted to committee after it had been ordered engrossed, when it
was reported for a second time, it was ordered reengrossed and the same procedures were then
observed as for instruments reprinted as engrossed.

First Enrollment

Following final passage of the entire Proposal, it was enrolled to reflect all changes that
had been made by way of amendment during the final passage process. This typescript instru-
ment was considered by the Committee on Style and Drafting to which all finally passed
Proposals were referred under the provisions of Rule 47 for the purpose of achieving an
"orderly arrangement" and "to the end that the document [Constitution] shall be properly
coordinated and uniform in style. . . ." Each Proposal was reported to the full convention with
suggested amendments to achieve those ends.

Final Enrollment

After the Style and Drafting amendments had been considered and adopted, the Proposal
was again enrolled to reflect its final form and signed by the Chairman of the Convention and
attested by the Secretary. This finally adopted Proposal was again referred to the Committee
on Style and Drafting which retained all Proposals until final styling and arrangement of all
Proposals was offered for Convention consideration in the final two days of the Convention.
From time to time, finally enrolled Proposals were discharged from the committee in order to
allow substantive changes by the Convention. If proposed changes were adopted, the instru-
ment was then "re-finally" enrolled. Most final enrollments have been omitted from this volume
because they are set out in their entirety in Vae Journal of Proceedings. References ai-e made to
these omissions in the Table of Contents of this volume.

Generally, Resolutions were finally enrolled without reference to the Committee on Style
and Drafting because of their procedural nature. Final Enrollments of Resolutions have also
been omitted but reference is made to where they may be found in the Journal of Proceedings.

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