Jefferson Parish voters on Saturday passed a half-dozen charter amendments that were largely technical and for the most part generated little controversy. However, they rejected five others, some of which were equally noncontroversial.

Work on the ballot’s 11 amendments had been underway since 2011, due to a requirement that an advisory committee review the parish’s governing document every decade.

The results of that review mostly generated little controversy, though the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan watchdog group, came out against a few of them.

One that the group opposed — and voters ultimately decided against — dealt with requiring parish officials to stash revenue generated from hospital leases into a special fund that the parish could not spend. Instead, parish officials would have been allowed to spend 80 percent of the money earned by that fund through interest and investments.

That proposed change also would have added provisions to the charter enshrining the independence of the hospital districts that oversee East Jefferson General Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center and of the Jefferson Economic Development Commission.

Ultimately, the change failed by more than 5,200 votes, according to figures from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

Elsewhere on the ballot, with all precincts reporting:

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 1

To restrict the Parish Council’s broad investigatory abilities, allowing it to look into a variety of issues across parish agencies, including the ability to subpoena witnesses, gather evidence and punish those who refuse “lawful orders of the council.”

PASSED: 57-to-43 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 2

To prohibit the parish president from holding outside employment.

PASSED: 65-to-35 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 3

To reduce the amount of time the council must wait before voting on a newly proposed ordinance. The change would have required only that the council wait at least six days between introducing and voting on a new ordinance.

FAILED: 54-to-46 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 4

To spell out that the parish does not control money collected by the Law Enforcement District, a taxing entity that is overseen by the Sheriff’s Office.

PASSED: 56-to-44 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 5

To rename the parish’s Personnel Board, which provides protections for classified workers, as the Civil Service Board. The amendment would also have expanded the board from three to five members, limited members to one term, reduced their terms from six years to five, and specified that employees in the parish’s Inspector General’s Office and parish attorneys are not covered by the protections offered by the board.

FAILED: 52-to-48 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 6

To specify that employees in the Parish Attorney’s Office are not covered by the Civil Service Board and add language allowing the council to continue hiring outside legal counsel.

FAILED: 61-to-39 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 7

To allow the council to expand the duties of the parish’s planning and zoning boards by ordinance and create additional boards and commissions.

FAILED: 52-to-48 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 8

To allow the Inspector General’s Office, which is funded by a dedicated tax, to keep money in reserve from year to year. It also would allow the office to stop other parish investigations that could interfere with an investigation being conducted by the office.

PASSED: 62-to-38 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 9

Would update outdated university names that are included in the charter.

PASSED: 62-to-38 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 10

Would have required that the hospital districts that oversee East Jefferson General Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center put money generated from any leases of the hospitals into a special fund that the parish could not spend. Instead, the parish would have been able to spend 80 percent of the money earned by that fund through interest and investments. It also would have added provisions to the charter enshrining the independence of those districts and of the Jefferson Economic Development Commission.

FAILED: 54-to-46 percent

Charter Amendment Proposition No. 11

Would require the council to retain all records from future charter advisory committees. Those records are now governed by state open-records laws, but there is no specific repository for them.

PASSED: 59-to-41 percent