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New hearing set on Edwards LGBT protection order

7 months 5 days 17 hours ago November 16, 2016 Nov 16, 2016 Wednesday, November 16 2016 November 16, 2016 9:29 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: AP News

BATON ROUGE - A hearing on the attorney general's effort to block Gov. John Bel Edwards' order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people has been pushed back to Nov. 29.

Both sides arrived in court Wednesday. But lawyers for the two elected officials disagreed on what should be handled in the hearing.

Judge Todd Hernandez spent nearly two hours in a closed-door meeting with the lawyers, trying to work out scheduling details. When they emerged, the new hearing date was set.

Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry says the Democratic governor's anti-discrimination order violates the state constitution. Landry's asking for a preliminary injunction prohibiting Edwards from enforcing the order.

Edwards accuses Landry of repeatedly exceeding his authority and is asking Hernandez to define the attorney general's role in office.

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