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Court tosses suit seeking to end now-expired virus rules

Fight over district’s racial makeup back at appeals court
Posted at 1:09 PM, Oct 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 14:09:49-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit in Louisiana over Republican lawmakers' efforts to block corona virus restrictions imposed last year by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has been dismissed by a state appeals court.

The court in Baton Rouge didn't rule on the merits of the case. Instead, it said the issue was moot because the executive order imposing the restrictions expired last November.

House Republicans signed a petition last year ordering Edwards to rescind the restrictions.

They argued they had that power under an obscure provision of state law.

Edwards said the law giving a single chamber of the Legislature such authority was unconstitutional.

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