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AG responds to Governor's response to his opinion

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 15:24:04-04

Attorney General Jeff Landry has responded to the Governor's response to his opinion regarding the state's mask mandate.

Gov. John Bel Edwards added a mandate for all citizens to wear masks to his previous mandate that retail and restaurant employees who work with the public wear masks. He said the expanded mandate was issued at the urging of health experts who advise it will slow the spread of COVID-19.

Landry issued an opinion - which does not have the force of law, and has no more weight than any other attorney's opinion - at the request of several legislators. His recent opinion differed from the opinion he issued back in March, when the pandemic started. You can read both opinions here.

After Landry released his recent opinion, the Governor responded, alleging that Landry's actions were politically motivated. You can read that here. It's worth noting that the Governor, also, is an attorney.

Today, Landry responded to the Governor's response, reiterating much of his opinion. He refers to the virus as a "China-originating plague" and claims his office has been a valuable resource to the governor because he has "evaluated meticulously every one of your executive orders." He claims that the virus is not as serious as once thought, and says that the original predictions "have been proven to be wrong on a scale of grand magnitude."

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