Arguably the most-amended state constitution in the republic — 167 times since its adoption in 1974 — is up for further modification when voters head to the polls on Nov. 6. Nine constitutional amendments will be on the ballot, ranging from increasing the number of times that bills to create crime-prevention districts must be publicly advertised to an amendment allowing the state Board of Commerce and Industry the authority to grant property tax exemptions to non-manufacturing businesses. Complicated and daunting, we know.

Fortunately the independent, non-partisan group Public Affairs Research Council has created a handy, exhaustive guide to understanding each of the amendments on the ballot. The Baton Rouge-based group doesn’t take sides on the amendments but does explain in detail what a vote for or against would mean, why the amendment is on the ballot as well as offering analysis of each issue. PAR also presents arguments for and against each amendment. It’s an indispensable way to make an informed vote on Nov. 6.

Read the PAR Guide to the 2012 Constitutional Amendments here.

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