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Acadiana legislator's attempt to block governor on agenda tomorrow

Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 5:06 PM, May 05, 2020

The resolution that Louisiana's GOP state lawmakers hope will strip the governor of his power to make rules during a public health emergency is up for debate tomorrow.

The resolution, filed by state Rep. Blake Miguez last week, is on the agenda for the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that Louisiana's Republican state lawmakers are considering the extraordinary step of trying to override Gov. John Bel Edwards' emergency decision-making, even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the Democratic governor's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

At that time, the AP reported, some GOP legislators -- primarily in the House -- are trying to rally support for a legal maneuver that would allow them to overturn possibly some or all of the governor's disaster orders and proclamations related to the covid-19 disease. The talks were an outgrowth of Republican displeasure with Edwards' two-week extension of the statewide stay-at-home order until mid-May.

The resolution was filed by Miguez and was read by title yesterday and sent to the committee for handling. You can read it below.