LSU hospital closure ruled unconstitutional
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers didn't follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville.
But the decision doesn't require the Jindal administration to slow plans to shutter the Huey P. Long Medical Center within a week.
Judge Robert Downing ruled Monday that the Senate violated the open meetings law when the legislation was heard by its health care committee. He granted a preliminary injunction request sought by two hospital closure opponents.
However, Downing also suspended that judgment - effectively allowing the hospital closure plans to continue - pending an appeal of his decision, which heads directly to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The Senate intends to appeal.
Downing, a retired judge, was presiding over the case for Judge Kay Bates.