CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA OF 1974
ARTICLE X.    PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES
PART II.           FIRE AND POLICE CIVIL SERVICE

16.    Establishment of System
Section 16.    A system of classified fire and police civil service
is created and established. It shall apply to all municipalities
having a population exceeding thirteen thousand and operating a
regularly paid fire and municipal police department and to all
parishes and fire protection districts operating a regularly paid
fire department.
17.    Appointments and Promotions
Section 17.    Permanent appointments and promotions in municipal
fire and police civil service shall be made only after
certification by the applicable municipal fire and police civil
service board under a general system based upon merit, efficiency,
fitness, and length of service as provided in Article XIV, Section
15.1 of the Constitution of 1921, subject to change by law enacted
by two-thirds of the elected members of each house of the
legislature.
18. Prior Provisions
Section 18.    Except as inconsistent with this Part, the
provisions of Article XIV, Section 15.1 of the Constitution of 1921
are retained and continued in force and effect as statutes. By law
enacted by two-thirds of the elected members of each house, the
legislature may amend or otherwise modify any of those provisions,
but it may not abolish the system of classified civil service for
such firemen and municipal policemen or make the system
inapplicable to any municipality having a population exceeding
thirteen thousand according to the latest decennial federal census
or to any parish or fire protection district operating a regularly
paid fire department. However, in a municipality having a
population exceeding four hundred thousand, paid firemen and
municipal policemen shall be included if a majority of the electors
therein voting at an election held for that purpose approved their
inclusion. Such an election shall be called by the governing
authority of the affected city within one year after the effective
date of this constitution.
19. Exclusion
Section 19.    Nothing in Part I of this Article authorizing cities
or other political subdivisions to be placed under the provisions
of said Part by election, act of the legislature, or ordinance of
the local governing authority shall authorize the inclusion in a
city civil service system of firemen and policemen in any
municipality having a population greater than thirteen thousand but
fewer than four hundred thousand and operating a regularly paid
fire and municipal police department or in any parish or fire
protection district operating a regularly paid fire department.
Such firemen and policemen are expressly excluded from any such
system.
20. Political Activities
Section 20.    Article XIV, Section 15.1, Paragraph 34 of the
Constitution of 1921 is retained and continued in force and effect.

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