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Edwards asks court to define state attorney general's role

5 years 6 months 4 days ago Saturday, November 12 2016 Nov 12, 2016 November 12, 2016 2:42 PM November 12, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking a Baton Rouge court to define the role of Louisiana's attorney general - laying out what he can and can't do in state government.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the Edwards administration's request comes in response to Attorney General Jeff Landry's decision to sue the governor.

Landry is trying to block Edwards' executive order that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in state government. The governor and attorney general have a Wednesday court appearance on the issue.

In filings made ahead of that appearance, Edwards is asking the court to declare that the governor is the "superior constitutional officer" to the attorney general and that "the position of the Governor prevails" when the two elected officials come into conflict over legal issues.

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