Thursday, November 02, 2017

Louisiana Governor Exceeded Authority In Expanding Non-Discrimination Protections

In Louisiana Department of Justice v. Edwards, (LA App, Nov. 1, 2017), a Louisiana state appeals court held that Louisiana Governor John Edwards exceeded his authority when he issued an Executive Order that extended non-discrimination provisions for state contracts and state employment to include sexual orientation and gender identity.  the court said in part:
[T]he Governor's Executive Order constituted an unconstitutional interference with the authority vested solely in the legislative branch of our state government by expanding the protections that currently exist in anti-discrimination laws rather than directing the faithful execution of the existing anti-discrimination laws of this state.
The Times-Picayune reports on the decision.