The Constitution of the State of Louisiana was adopted by Constitutional Convention in 1974. It was ratified by the voters of the state on April 20, 1974. It became effective on January 1, 1975. The Louisiana Constitution includes fourteen articles. The Constitution ensures the rights of individuals, describes the distribution and power of state officials and local government, and establishes the state and city civil service systems. Moreover, it creates and defines the operation of a state lottery, and the manner of revising the constitution.
Louisiana’s constitution has been amended numerous times. According to Article XIII, of the Louisiana Constitution, the two ways to amend or revise the Louisiana Constitution are:
- a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, and
- a constitutional convention.