Louisiana candidates split on constitutional convention idea

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August 21, 2019 - 4:25 pm

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Advocates for a Louisiana constitutional convention are trying to make inroads for the movement, seeing opportunity with legislative term limits and statewide elections this fall.
  
The push may face an important roadblock, however.
  
Two of the three major candidates for governor, Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, are lukewarm at best to the idea. Only Republican contender Eddie Rispone is a full-throated backer of a convention.
  
The conservative Pelican Institute for Public Policy hosted an event Tuesday seeking to bolster arguments for the constitutional rewrite.
  
Supporters say too many rules that control government spending and tax policy are locked into the constitution, limiting lawmakers' ability to determine spending priorities.
  
Critics worry about the influence of special-interest groups and removing protections for certain pots of money.

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