Edwards, Landry dispute reaches the courtroom
BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for Louisiana's governor and attorney general clashed in court in a struggle about the limits of the statewide elected officials' authority and Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order aimed at protecting LGBT rights.
Judge Todd Hernandez heard a full day of witness testimony and legal arguments Tuesday in the latest in a series of disputes between the Democratic Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry.
But Hernandez didn't rule on Landry's request to block Edwards from enforcing his executive order prohibiting discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He also didn't rule on Edwards' request to spell out the boundaries of the attorney general's authority.
Instead, the judge asked for follow-up written arguments by Friday and said he'd make a decision quickly thereafter.
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