A state judge has rejected Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry’s request to temporarily keep Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards from renewing his COVID-19 restrictions, The News Star reports. Instead, 19th Judicial District Court Judge William Morvant set a hearing Nov. 12 in Baton Rouge to determine whether Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandate should be overturned by a Republican House of Representatives’ petition.
Landry had asked the judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent Edwards from taking more action until the case is heard in court next week.
The governor will put a new order in place when the current proclamation expires Friday.
Edwards said he believes the law allowing the petition to spike his public health emergency declaration and the restrictions that go with it is unconstitutional.
“We’re obviously still in a public health emergency whether the House or the attorney general want to acknowledge it or not,” the governor says.
Landry is opposing Edwards in court, representing House Speaker Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales in Morvant’s courtroom.
“The governor not only rejected attempts by one of his co-equal branches of government to provide input and oversight, but he also ignored the checks and balances that underpin our government,” Landry says in a statement about his court filing. “He then filed a lawsuit in an attempt to gain extraordinary powers unfounded in law.”
Louisiana law allows either the House or the Senate to demand the governor overturn an emergency declaration with a majority of members’ signatures, which is 53 in the House. Republicans hold 68 seats in the House, a near supermajority.
Sixty-five representatives, all Republicans, signed the petition on the last day of a special session, Oct. 23, following a monthslong effort and delivered it to Edwards. Read the full story.