Judge Strikes Down Governor's Unconstitutional Executive Order

 A district court has declared that Governor John Bel Edwards unconstitutionally side-stepped the Legislature and created law, ruling that Executive Order No. JBE 16-11 is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. 
 
19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez today affirmed the constitutional independence of the Attorney General’s office and noted that a Governor cannot act outside the scope of his authority by creating law with the stroke of his pen.
 
“I applaud Attorney General Jeff Landry’s efforts to preserve the system of checks and balances on executive authority established by the Louisiana Constitution,” said Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere.
 
“Over the last 8 years, President Obama has continuously tried to circumvent Congress by using executive orders to establish law,” continued Villere. “Now, Governor John Bel Edwards is following the Obama playbook, using the same plays to circumvent the Louisiana Legislature.”
 
“We are very fortunate to have an Attorney General who protects the people of Louisiana from a liberal governor that continuously tries to expand his power,” said Villere. “We thank General Landry for his service and support him in his continued efforts to maintain the rule of law.”

Posted on December 14, 2016 .