Covering Louisiana

Aug 18, 2014 8:38 PM by KATC

Injunction to allow about 150 JOPs & constables to run for reelection

Thanks to a judge's decision today, some of Louisiana's most elder statesmen (and stateswomen) in communities statewide now have a chance to remain in office.

An organization representing the state's constables and justices of the peace (JOP) was granted its application in state district court for an injunction temporarily blocking a new state law that prevents constables and JOPs older than 70 from running for reelection.

The Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constables Association filed the petition last Monday to block the new law, which was passed in June during the 2014 state legislative session. Prior to passage of this summer's bill, there was an existing law mandating age 70 retirement included a grandfather clause excluding constables and JOP's elected to prior to 2006. The organization has filed suit, claiming the age mandate is unconstitutional.

The new law, introduced by Sen. Elbert Guillory, eliminated the grandfathered exception from the previous law.

The organization's President Connie Moore expressed satisfaction with the District Judge Tim Kelley's decision, which provides a temporary restraining order (TRO) on enforcement of the new law while current litigation on the law remains pending. Moore says that, of the almost 200 JOPs and constables affected by the new law, today's injunction will allow approximately 150 Louisiana officials to register as incumbent candidates during the Nov. 4 elections. Those 150 officials have been in office since prior to 2006, she said.

Kelley's order now permits those exempted before Guillory's bill to sign up for re-election. Moore said she is happy that the judge granted the TRO prior to the start of qualifying on Wednesday.

 

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