Louisiana Effective Dates of Laws, Effective Dates

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Article 3, Section 19 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended effective January 1, 2012, provides:

“All laws enacted during a regular session of the legislature shall take effect on August first of the calendar year in which the regular session is held and all laws enacted during an extraordinary session of the legislature shall take effect on the sixtieth day after final adjournment of the extraordinary session in which they were enacted. All laws shall be published prior thereto in the official journal of the state as provided by law. However, any bill may specify an earlier or later effective date.”

Article 13, Section 1(C), relative to constitutional amendments, provides in part:

“If a majority of the electors voting on the proposed amendment approve it, the governor shall proclaim its adoption, and it shall become part of this constitution, effective twenty days after the proclamation, unless the amendment provides otherwise.”

The following table shows the date of adjournment and the general effective date of measures enacted by the Legislature from 1951 to date.

Year

Session

Adjournment Date

Effective Date

1951

Extra

June 29, 1951

July 19, 1951

1952

Regular

July 10, 1952

July 30, 1952

1953

Extra

July 17, 1953

Emergency acts only

1954

Regular

July 10, 1954

July 30, 1954

1955

Extra

Jan. 14, 1955

Emergency acts only

1955

Regular

June 7, 1955

June 27, 1955

1956

Regular

July 12, 1956

Aug. 1, 1956

1956

Extra

Sept. 10, 1956

Sept. 30, 1956

1957

Regular

June 11, 1957

July 1, 1957

1958

Regular

July 10, 1958

July 30, 1958

1958

Extra

Nov. 22, 1958

Dec. 12, 1958

1959

Regular

June 9, 1959

June 29, 1959

1960

Regular

July 7, 1960

July 27, 1960

1960

First Extra

Nov. 15, 1960

Dec. 5, 1960

1960

Second Extra

Dec. 15, 1960

Jan. 4, 1961

1960

Third Extra

Jan. 15, 1961

Feb. 4, 1961

1961

First Extra

Feb. 13, 1961

No laws enacted

1961

Second Extra

Feb. 26, 1961

March 18, 1961

1961

Regular

June 6, 1961

June 26, 1961

1962

Regular

July 12, 1962

Aug. 1, 1962

1963

Regular

June 11, 1963

July 1, 1963

1963

Extra

June 27, 1963

Emergency acts only

1964

Regular

July 9, 1964

July 29, 1964

1964

Extra

Dec. 5, 1964

Dec. 25, 1964

1965

Regular

June 8, 1965

June 28, 1965

1966

Regular

July 7, 1966

July 27, 1966

1966

Extra

Dec. 12, 1966

Jan. 1, 1967

1967

Regular

June 6, 1967

June 26, 1967

1967

Extra

July 29, 1967

Emergency acts only

1968

Regular

July 11, 1968

July 31, 1968

1968

Extra

Dec. 17, 1968

Jan. 6, 1969

1969

Regular

June 10, 1969

June 30, 1969

1970

Extra

Feb. 22, 1970

March 14, 1970

1970

Regular

July 9, 1970

July 29, 1970

1971

Regular

June 8, 1971

June 28, 1971

1972

Regular

July 6, 1972

July 26, 1972

1972

Extra

Aug. 31, 1972

Sept. 20, 1972

1973

Regular

June 12, 1973

July 2, 1973

1973

Extra

Dec. 4, 1973

Dec. 24, 1973

1974

Regular

July 11, 1974

July 31, 1974

1974

Extra

Nov. 5, 1974

Nov. 25, 1974

1975

Extra

Jan. 27, 1975

March 28, 1975

1975

Regular

July 14, 1975

Sept. 12, 1975

1976

Regular

Aug. 2, 1976

Oct. 1, 1976

1976

First Extra

Aug. 19, 1976

Oct. 18, 1976

1976

Second Extra

Oct. 13, 1976

Dec. 12, 1976

1977

Regular

July 11, 1977

Sept. 9, 1977

1977

Extra

Aug. 17, 1977

Oct. 16, 1977

1978

Regular

July 10, 1978

Sept. 8, 1978

1979

Regular

July 9, 1979

Sept. 7, 1979

1980

First Extra

March 18, 1980

No laws enacted

1980

Regular

July 14, 1980

Sept. 12, 1980

1980

Second Extra

Sept. 10, 1980

Nov. 9, 1980

1981

Regular

July 13, 1981

Sept. 11, 1981

1981

Extra

Nov. 13, 1981

Jan. 12, 1982

1982

Regular

July 12, 1982

Sept. 10, 1982

1983

First Extra

Jan. 17, 1983

March 18, 1983

1983

Regular

July 1, 1983

Aug. 30, 1983

1983

Second Extra

Dec. 14, 1983

Feb. 12, 1984

1984

Extra

March 25, 1984

May 24, 1984

1984

Regular

July 5, 1984

Sept. 3, 1984

1985

Regular

July 8, 1985

Sept. 6, 1985

1986

Regular

July 1, 1986

Aug. 30, 1986

1986

Extra

Dec. 19, 1986

Feb. 17, 1987

1987

Regular

July 3, 1987

Sept. 1, 1987

1987

Extra

July 10, 1987

Sept. 8, 1987

1988

First Extra

March 26, 1988

May 25, 1988

1988

Regular

July 11, 1988

Sept. 9, 1988

1988

Second Extra

Oct. 25, 1988

Dec. 24, 1988

1989

First Extra

March 7, 1989

May 6, 1989

1989

Regular

July 5, 1989

Sept. 3, 1989

1989

Second Extra

July 10, 1989

Sept. 8, 1989

1990

Regular

July 9, 1990

Sept. 7, 1990

1991

First Extra

April 8, 1991

June 7, 1991

1991

Second Extra

April 14, 1991

June 13, 1991

1991

Regular

July 8, 1991

Sept. 6, 1991

1991

Third Extra

Aug. 4, 1991

Oct. 3, 1991

1992

Regular

June 22, 1992

Aug. 21, 1992

1993

First Extra

March 26, 1993

May 25, 1993

1993

Regular

June 10, 1993

Aug. 15, 1993

1994

First Extra

Feb. 25, 1994

April 26, 1994

1994

Second Extra

April 22, 1994

June 21, 1994

1994

Regular

May 25, 1994

Aug. 15, 1994

1994

Third Extra

June 28, 1994

Aug. 27, 1994

1994

Fourth Extra

Aug. 23, 1994

Oct. 22, 1994

1995

Regular

June 19, 1995

Aug. 15, 1995

1996

First Extra

April 19, 1996

June 18, 1996

1996

Regular

June 12, 1996

Aug. 15, 1996

1997

Regular

June 23, 1997

Aug. 15, 1997

1998

First Extra

April 17, 1998

June 16, 1998

1998

Regular

June 10, 1998

Aug. 15, 1998

1999

Regular

June 21, 1999

Aug. 15, 1999

2000

First Extra

April 7, 2000

June 6, 2000

2000

Regular

June 7, 2000

Aug. 15, 2000

2000

Second Extra

June 25, 2000

Aug. 24, 2000

2001

First Extra

March 22, 2001

May 21, 2001

2001

Regular

June 18, 2001

Aug. 15, 2001

2001

Second Extra

Oct. 15, 1988

Dec. 14, 2001

2002

First Extra

April 17, 2002

June 16, 2002

2002

Regular

June 12, 2002

Aug. 15, 2002

2003

Regular

June 23, 2003

Aug. 15, 2003

2004

First Extra

March 17, 2004

May 16, 2004

2004

Regular

June 21, 2004

Aug. 15, 2004

2005

Regular

June 23, 2005

Aug. 15, 2005

2005

First Extra

Nov. 22, 2005

Jan. 21, 2006

2006

First Extra

Feb. 17, 2006

April 18, 2006

2006

Regular

June 19, 2006

Aug. 15, 2006

2006

Second Extra

Dec. 15, 2006

Feb. 13, 2007

2007

Regular

June 28, 2007

Aug. 15, 2007

2008

First Extra

Feb. 26, 2008

April 26, 2008

2008

Second Extra

March 14, 2008

May 13, 2008

2008

Regular

June 23, 2008

Aug. 15, 2008

2009

Regular

June 25, 2009

Aug. 15, 2009

2010

Regular

June 21, 2010

Aug. 15, 2010

2011

First Extra

April 13, 2011

June 12, 2011

2011

Regular

June 23, 2011

Aug. 15, 2011

2012

Regular

June 4, 2012

Aug. 1, 2012

2013

Regular

June 6, 2013

Aug. 1, 2013

2014

Regular

June 2, 2014

Aug. 1, 2014

2015

Regular

June 11, 2015

Aug. 1, 2015

2016

First Extra

March 9, 2016

May 8, 2016

2016

Regular

June 6, 2016

Aug. 1, 2016

2016

Second Extra

June 23, 2016

Aug. 22, 2016

2017

First Extra

Feb. 22, 2017

April 23, 2017

2017

Regular

June 8, 2017

Aug. 1, 2017

2017

Second Extra

June 16, 2017

Aug. 15, 2017

2018

First Extra

March 5, 2018

May 4, 2018

2018

Regular

May 18, 2018

Aug. 1, 2018

2018

Second Extra

June 4, 2018

Aug. 3, 2018

2018

Third Extra

June 24, 2018

Aug. 23, 2018

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