The powers of government of the state are divided into three separate branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. Except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, no one of these branches, nor any person holding office in one of them, shall exercise power belonging to either of the others. Article II continues the separation of powers truism in language that originated with Thomas Jefferson in the Kentucky Constitution, which was the pattern for the Louisiana Constitution of 1812. The noncontroversial nature of the article during the Constitutional...
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