The state GOP sought to have Edwards’ emergency order suspended for seven days.
NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV)— Governor John Bel Edwards’ emergency orders around the COVID virus can stand after a District Judge denied a request for an order from the state attorney general that would have revoked them.
The decision by Judge William Morvant means that a petition by GOP lawmakers to end Edwards’ orders will not succeed.
Edwards’ orders have placed limits on bars, restaurants and attendance at live events. He also has a mask mandate in place.
Republicans argue that Edwards’ constantly-extended orders have gone past their necessary stage and a majority of them in the state legislature voted to have them set aside.
Attorney General Jeff Landry was expected to argue that a petition signed by a majority of lawmakers required emergency orders be set aside, while Edwards argues that the state’s Constitution gives him broad powers in emergency situations.
“We’re doing everything we can to follow the data, the science, to be transparent,” said Edwards.
Today is a victory for public health in the state of Louisiana and for all of those people, from our health care heroes, who are fighting every day to slow the spread of COVID and save lives here. #lagov pic.twitter.com/R6fOtWn9QP— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) November 12, 2020
Landry issued a statement defending the state lawmakers’ actions.
“The statute clearly outlines that the governor cannot ignore or reject the checks and balances that underpin our government,” he said.
We still believe the law to be Constitutional. But it’s important for the public to understand that if the Senate President thought the law to be unconstitutional he could cured the problem by simply supporting a Senate Petition like the House. https://t.co/m0eT2NLlDs— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) November 12, 2020
A District Court judge will hear the case.